Next Steps for DACA Recipients
WESLACO – There are many questions being asked after the announcement to dismiss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.
La Union Del Pueblo Entero, or LUPE, wanted to keep recipients informed about the future. They wanted to let those apart of the program know their work permits and social security numbers will not be affected.
The organization also wanted people to know those whose DACA status expires on or by March 5, 2018 have one month to apply for a two year permit.
“First thing for people to know is that their DACA are still valid until they expire. So they need to look at the expiration date on that DACA and they will continue to be valid until then,” said Tania Chavez with LUPE.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with those in the DACA program who attended the meeting. They tell us the best thing they can do now is stay informed.
“I felt that I needed to go, and tell my other friends that didn't come to this meeting that I need to inform them and that I need to inform myself about this situation. If they are worried I'm well informed now so I get to answer their questions also,” said DACA recipient Vanessa Centeno.
LUPE plans to hold more meetings across the Rio Grande Valley to keep those in the program up-to-date.
They are urging those who have questions about their DACA status or what to do next, to call the LUPE office at 956-787-2233.
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