Mercer Law School offers DACA renewal help with free clinic
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The deadline to renew a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals permit, known as DACA, is quickly approaching.
On September 5th, President Trump decided to end the DACA program. It’s an executive action that allows hundreds of thousands of people who came to the United States illegally as children, to work and study with protection. However, DACA recipient’s with permits expiring before March 5th can file for renewal, but they have to do it before October 5th.
“It was just a need in the community,” said Mercer University School of Law’s Associate Dean, Scott Titshaw. “People had less than a month to file things, especially after the hurricane that came through and everything.”
With the deadline being just a couple weeks away, Mercer University School of Law, is lending a hand. It is offering a clinic September 23rd and 24th from 10 AM to 4 PM at 1021 Georgia Avenue. Students, faculty and immigration lawyer, Jennifer Moore will be available to answer questions, and make the renewal process easier.
Moore says it’s important to her to provide as much help to these recipients.
“They’re people who have grown up here, they are educated here they are contributing to the economy,” said Moore. “Some are beginning to have children, who are going to grow up and go to school.”
With a short deadline, the Mercer staff knows it’s tough for recipients, to come up with almost $500 so soon.
“There will be staff from the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta to screen people if they are eligible for financial assistance,” said Moore.
All the resources recipients need, to live their dreams, a little longer.
“I’m happy to see that students and some of our professors are wanting to help people and do this sort of pro bono service for the community” said Titshaw.
You can book an appointment on law.mercer.edu/daca
The clinic is free, but you need to bring:
- Copy of current work authorization card and copy of any old DACA application (if available)
- $25 for postage and $495 money order for government fees
- Any criminal records (tickets, citations, certified dispositions, charging documents, police reports)
- List and records of any contact with immigration agencies
- If an individual has traveled abroad, a copy of advance parole document and passport used for travel
- List of addresses since last application
- Current passport (if available) and photo ID (if available)
Scholarships may be available if you for the renewal fee if you visit lc4daca.org.