Model DACA informational emails

Note: These emails were prepared by MIRA for our members, to give you something that you can quickly customize to send out to your clients. We are not publicly linking to this page; please do not link to this page on any public materials, though of course if you find them helpful, we encourage you to share them with individual partners and allies. One key thing to add to these messages is what your organization is doing directly. If you need help writing it in Spanish, send a quick note to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

English:

Dear clients [ or however you prefer to address them ]:

As you probably know, last week the Trump administration announced that it will phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. For the nearly 8,000 people across Massachusetts whose lives have been transformed by DACA, including many in our community, this is very troubling news. At [ organization ], we are committed to doing everything in our power to support DACA beneficiaries through this difficult time.

For those of you who already have DACA, your work permit and deferred action will continue until their expiration date. There is only one immediate change: if you had hoped to travel with advance parole, that is no longer an option. However, it really matters when your permit expires.

• If your work authorization expires between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, you have only until October 5, 2017, to apply to renew your DACA for two more years. You can find the renewal form and instructions here; we urge you to start the application ASAP. Since this is very time-sensitive and you have little room for error, if you have any questions or concerns, we strongly recommend that you get expert help. FREE DACA legal clinics are being offered across the state (but concentrated in the Boston area); see this calendar for details. Financial aid is available through the clinics. [ insert info specific to your organization here ]

• If your work authorization expires after March 5, 2018, will not have the opportunity to renew it. 

• If you had filed an initial DACA application or renewal before September 5, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said it will still process it. However, no further initial applications for DACA are being accepted.

Some more key things to know:

• If you are working, regardless of when your permit expires, we recommend that you read this FAQ on DACA and employment to understand your rights and your options as a worker.

• If you are in college and are wondering how this will affect your tuition or financial aid, we’re sorry to say we still don’t know! We urge you to check with the school; if they say that you’'ll have to pay out-of-state tuition, or will otherwise face negative consequences, please alert the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They are fighting to ensure this doesn’t happen, and also advocating to change the law so all undocumented Mass. residents pay in-state tuition at public colleges.

• Whatever your situation, make sure you know your rights! MIRA has lots of useful resources. (See also their DACA page, being updated daily.)

• For a good overview for all DACA beneficiaries, including those facing the October 5 deadline, we recommend this community advisory from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (en español / 用中文(表达).

We know this is a lot to take in – and a lot to deal with while going to school, working, and probably worrying about your non-DACA family members. But remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We are here for you, and all across the country, advocates are fighting to pass the DREAM Act and do right by our young people, once and for all.

To connect with the national movement, and also find more great resources, go to WeAreHeretoStay.org, from United We Dream. To connect with advocates in Massachusetts, like MIRA’s Facebook pagefollow them on Twitter, and/or join their email list

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En español:

Estimados clientes:

La administración Trump ha anunciado la eliminación gradual del programa Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA). Para los casi 8.000 residentes de Massachusetts que han transformado su vida a través de DACA, esa noticia ha causado gran consternación. En [ organization ], estamos comprometidos a hacer todo lo posible para ayudar a los beneficiarios de DACA durante esta crisis.

Si ya tiene DACA, su permiso de trabajo y la acción diferida continuarán hasta su fecha de vencimiento. Sólo hay un cambio inmediato: Si había querido viajar al exterior, ya no puede obtener “permiso adelantado” (advance parole). Sin embargo, es importante cuándo se vence su permiso de trabajo:

• Si su autorización se vence entre el 5 de septiembre de 2017 y el 5 de marzo de 2018, sólo tendrá hasta el 5 de octubre de 2017 para solicitar la renovación de su DACA por dos años más. Descargue el formulario y las instrucciones aquí. Comienze inmediatamente. Ya que tiene poco tiempo y poco margen de error, si tiene preguntas o dudas, le recomendamos que obtenga ayuda de expertos certificados en asuntos de inmigración (¡nunca de un notario!). Se están ofreciendo clínicas gratuitas de renovación de DACA en todo el estado (pero concentradas en el área de Boston); vea este calendario. Varias agencias comunitarias también están ofreciendo ayuda individual. Puede obtener ayuda financiera a través de las clínicas y las agencias comunitarias. 

• Si su permiso de trabajo se vence después del 5 de marzo de 2018, no podrá renovarlo.

• Si había presentado una solicitud inicial o de renovación de DACA antes del 5 de septiembre, todavía la procesarán, pero ya no están aceptando nuevas solicitudes iniciales.

Más información que debe saber: 

• Si está trabajando, y puede leer inglés (o usar Google Translate), recomendamos que lea estas preguntas frecuentes sobre sus derechos y opciones.

• Si está en la universidad y quiere saber cómo el fin de DACA afectará su matrícula o ayuda financiera, ¡no sabemos! Consulte con la universidad; si dicen que tendrá que pagar matrícula de no-residente (out-of-state tuition) o habrá otras consecuencias negativas, por favor escríbale a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (habla español). Estamos luchando para que esto no ocurra y para cambiar la ley, de modo que todos los residentes indocumentados de Massachusetts paguen matrícula estatal en las universidades públicas.

• Sea cual sea su situación, ¡conozca sus derechos! MIRA tiene tarjetas para el bolsillo, explicaciones detalladas y posters en español aquí: http://www.miracoalition.org/know-your-rights.

• Para un buen resumen en español para beneficiarios de DACA, vea https://www.ilrc.org/advisory-daca.

Sabemos que esto es mucho para digerir – especialmente si están estudiando, trabajando, y probablemente preocupándose por miembros de su familia que no tienen DACA. Pero recuerden: ¡NO ESTÁN SOLOS! 

Para conectarse con el movimiento nacional para pasar el DREAM Act, y encontrar muchos buenos recursos, vaya a WeAreHeretoStay.org, de United We Dream. Para conectarse con el trabajo de MIRA en Massachusetts, vea su página de Facebook, sígalos en Twitter, y/o suscríbase a su lista de correo electrónico.

Aquí siempre a su disposición [ always here for you ],

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Please visit the issues section to learn about federal benefits policy and how potential changes and reforms can affect the immigrant community here in Massachusetts.  We monitor federal policy concerning food stamps, health care, cash assistance, and services for immigrant victims of violence.

Below are links to information about important assitance to low-income Massachusetts residents.

               Low-income Benefits - Mass Legal Help

    Getting Food Stamps - Project Bread

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