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DACA Assistance Program

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In keeping with the Council goal of making Chapel Hill a Place for Everyone, Council adopted a resolution in September of 2017  in support of community members who have received deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Further, in March of 2018 the Town Council authorize the Town Manager to enter into a performance agreement with El Centro Hispano to reimburse the agency for DACA renewal fees for Chapel Hill residents in an amount not to exceed a total of $5,000.

How to Apply for Assistance

Chapel Hill residents who are in need of financial assistance with their DACA renewal application are eligible for assistance. 

Please contact El Centro Hispano to apply for assistance at 919-687-4635.

Background on DACA

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will not deport undocumented young people from the U.S. who meet certain requirements. Those who qualify are given “deferred action” from deportation and are eligible for work authorization.

An individual must prove they meet the following criteria:

  • came to the United States under the age of 16;
  • has continuously resided in the United States for a least 5 years before June 15, 2012 and was present in the United States on June 15, 2012;
  •  is currently in school, has graduated from high school, has obtained a GED certificate, or is an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
  • has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise poses a threat to national security or public safety; and
  • was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.

In September of 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded the deferred-action program. As part of the phase-out, the administration planned to adjudicate, on a case-by-case basis, applications filed by September 5 and reject any new requests filed after that date. Individuals who already had DACA with protection expiring by March 5, 2018, would be able to apply for renewal by October 5, 2017.

In January of 2018, a federal judge ordered that the U.S. government keep DACA on the same terms and conditions that were in effect before the September 2017 program changes.


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