June 25, 2014
The McGeorge Immigration Law Clinic travelled to the rural community of Corning, California near Redding to provide free legal information about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the DACA renewal process on Wednesday, June 17, 2014. The event was organized in partnership with Northern Valley Catholic Social Services and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Summer law interns Rebecca Caporale and Richard Paikoff along with supervising attorney Blake Nordahl participated in the event providing consultations and detailed information on DACA and DACA renewals. USCIS Officer Vilaysay "Sai" Chang provided an overview of the application process for DACA and DACA renewal. She is a Community Relations Officer with USCIS in District 22 which covers a large portion of Northern California from Bakersfield to Lake Tahoe.
DACA is an executive initiative that began under President Obama in June 2012. DACA provides undocumented youth benefits including the right to work and the ability to obtain a valid driver's license in California. General requirements include having entered the United States before the age of 16, continuous residence in the United States since June 15, 2007 and being under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012. Applicants must meet various education requirements and establish that they have not been convicted of certain crimes or constitute a danger to the community. Initial DACA grants were issued for two years and the first DACA recipients will soon be eligible for renewal.
The renewal application process was released by USCIS less than two weeks before the event held on June 17. Professor Blake Nordahl credited Rebecca Caporale for quickly reviewing the renewal requirements and preparing materials for a successful event. Approximately 30 community members came to the event.
Community groups interested in hosting additional informational events about the DACA renewal process should contact Prof. Nordahl at 916.340.6080. The presentation and other information is available both in English and Spanish.