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Deferred Action for DREAMers

On June 15, 2012, the Obama Administration announced that it would offer many DREAM Act-eligible individuals protection from deportation. These young people, whether or not they are currently in deportation proceedings, will be able to apply for “deferred action,” which would temporarily shield them from deportation and enable to live and work legally in the US. This announcement marked an important victory for DREAM students and the broader immigrant rights movement, and was the result of extensive organizing done by immigrant rights organizations over the last year.

Deferred Action activities that start on August 15th:


Deferred Action Activity

Location, Date & Time


Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugees Rights (ICIRR) The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights will assist DREAMers in the application process. On hand to talk about Deferred Action will be: Senator Dick Durbin, Representative Luis Gutierrez and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. August 15th:Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom,

Chicago, IL

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Monica Trevino(312) 344-2239
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) will help applicants process their paperwork and have a blessing of the “caps and gowns.” Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rep. Judy Chu and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are scheduled to attend. August 15th:9:00 a.m. PDT at the CHIRLA office in Los Angeles, CA Jorge-Mario Cabrera(562) 243-5559
The Santa Clara County Deferred Action Network The Santa Clara County Deferred Action Network will host a news conference followed by informational sessions and application guidance. Representative Mike Honda will be in attendance. August 15th:10 a.m. PDT at the Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Headquarters in San Jose, CA Mark Nakamoto(408) 558-8085 or

(408) 204-0772

Korean Resource Center NAKASEC affiliate the Korean Resource Center will sponsor Deferred Action Workshop for application processing. August 16th and 17th:1:00pm-4:00pm PST

900 Crenshaw Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90019

August 18th:

1:00pm-4:00pm PST Glory Church of Jesus Christ

1801 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Keish Kim keish@krcla.org;Yaechan Lee


Make the Road New York Make the Road New York will have a public event in Queens, and a series of events to follow. August 15th
New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) The New York Immigration Coalition will hold a press conference and group workshop to begin the application process for deferred action for several hundred DREAMers. Joined by Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Secretary of State Cesar Perales and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. August 15th:12:00pm-6:00pm.

St. Mary’s Church in Manhattan

Kim Saravia(413)-687-5160
OWN the DREAM OWN the DREAM will hold a news conference and will host a free legal clinic and community forum. August 15thLong Island City

5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

CAUSA CAUSA will help process the first DREAM Deferred Actions August 15th8 a.m. at the USCIS office in Portland. Erik Sorensen(503) 488-0263.
El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos El Centro, beginning August 17th, will be handing out informative packages and orientation. August 17th
The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) will hold free community forums at various locations in the state. August 15th:Marcony Almeida. 5:30 pm; ROCA Inc, 101 Park Street Chelsea, MA. FREE Informational Community Forum (617) 350-5480
One America One America will have a press conference at Seattle Central Community College at 11 a.m. One America is also hosting four other informational events in Vancouver, Yakima, Tri-city, and Mount Vernon. August 15th:Seattle Central Community College at 11:00 am.
Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ) The Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice will hold an informational Deferred Action workshop and Legal clinic. August 15th:6:30pm-9:00pm

1st United Methodist Church

518 19th St. North

Birmingham, AL

Angie Wright
The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN) will hold two press conferences announcing the beginning of the application process. August 15th:First press conference:

11:00 am PST.

Reno PLAN Office

821 Riverside Drive (at Vine Strett)

Reno, NV 89503;

Second press conference:

Las Vegas PLAN office:

708 South 6th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

Mario Dela Rosa or Rosa Molina at (775) 348-7557.
Voces de la Frontera and Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES!) Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES!), the youth Arm of Voces de la Frontera, will hold a press conference to celebrate administrative relief for Dreamers under the Obama Administration and to re-affirm their commitment to broader reform.  Forums to inform the community about the application processare set for August 19th in Milwaukee and August 21 in Racine. August 15th:1:00pm at the state capitol steps in Madison, Wisconsin

August 19th: Milwaukee

August 21st: Racine

The Alliance for Immigrant Rights (AIR) The Alliance for Immigrants Rights (AIR) will hold workshops in Detroit, Lansing and Kalamazoo. Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to help youth begin the process August 15th:All 3:00pm-8:00pm

DREAM Relief Workshop Locations:


UAW Local 600

10550 Dix Highway, Dearborn (near the corner of Dix and Vernor)


Cristo Rey Church

201 West Miller Road


St. Joseph’s Church,

930 Lake Street

The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and members are hosting a live press conference to launch dozens of information and registration sessions across Colorado in the months of August and September. August 15th
The Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) ICAN will be having a press conference with dreamers and local leaders at 6:30pm. At 5:30, there will be mass education and signing people up for dream days (days dedicated to filling up applications). August 15th:5:30 pm at ICAN Office Fernando Mejia-Ledesma at fernando@idahocan.org or 208-830-0313.
Promise Arizona Educational information session. August 15th:6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Carl Hayden Community Center

3216 W. Van Buren St,

Phoenix, AZ 85009

(602) 910-2304
National Korean American Service and Education Consortium The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium is hosting a Deferred Action Information Forum. August 25th:8:00pm EST,

Washington Korean Spencerville Seventh-Day Adventist Church

15930 Good Hope Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905

Dong Yoon Kim atdkim@nakasec.org
CASA de Maryland CASA is holding a Mass Deferred Action Application Clinic, in which CASA and USCIS will join DREAMers on the first day of filing Deferred Action applications for DREAMers. August 15th:5:30 pm

CASA Multicultural Center:

8151 15th Ave.

Langley Park, MD 20783

Nebraska Appleseed Training for DREAMERs. Legal services are being coordinated. August 15th Darcy Tromanhauser
Sunflower Community Action-Students United (Kansas) Press conference August 15th:1:00pm CST at the

Sunflower Community Action office

1407 N. Topeka St. Wichita KS 67214

Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition Mass education and workshop. August 16th and August 23rd:Philadelphia, PA


Undocumented young people who arrived in the U.S. before age 16, are younger than 30, have been in the country for at least five continuous years, have no criminal history, graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a GED, or served in the military will be considered for deferred action for 2 years and immune to deportation. These individuals may also be eligible for work permits. While this policy will not lead to a path to legalization, it will remove the threat of deportation and grant the ability to work and remain in the country.

Click to read FAQ’s in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean.


When the Deferred Action policy goes live on August 15, potential applicants should be educated on how this policy will affect them, what their rights are, and be sure to have all their documents ready to apply. We have compliled a list of resources to aid applicants in this process, organized by their location, and whether they offer legal assistance, application processing support, or educational assistance.

For legal help, consult any of these national organizations:

For application processing support, visit one of these local organizations:

For community education resources and local legal referral, visit one of these local organizations:


  • If you are subject to a final order of removal, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS hotline at 1-800-351-4024 (9am – 5pm)
  • If you have a case pending before the Executive Office for Immigration Review or a federal court, contact U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at http://www.ice.gov, or call the ICE hotline at 1-888-351-4024 (9am – 5pm)
  • If you have never been apprehended or placed into removal proceedings, contact U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS hotline at 1-800-351-4024 (9am – 5pm)
  • To report notario or attorney fraud please click on the following link to find out how to protect yourself and others: http://www.stopnotariofraud.org or http://www.parefraudenotraial.org
  • Additional resources and frequently asked questions (FAQs) from U.S.. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can be found here: http://cfor.cc/USCIS-DA-Guidelines

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