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    Some DACA ‘Dreamers’ must return 3-year permit for 2-year version

    Some DACA ‘Dreamers’ must return 3-year permit for 2-year version

    By: Cecile Caguingin Ochoa
    @inquirerdotnet U.S. Bureau
    11:15 PM July 17th, 2015

    Anthony Ng, Advancing Justice-LA immigrants rights advocate and DACA permit recipient explaining the new USCIS order on some work permits. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    LOS ANGELES — Immigration officials may soon start visiting the homes of some young immigrants awarded three-year work permits with deferred deportation (under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA) program, but immigrant rights advocates said the recipients should not be alarmed.

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is contacting some DACA recipients who mistakenly received three-year work permits (Employment Authorization Documents, or EAD cards), to tell them they have to return these three-year cards to USCIS by July 21, 2015 or risk losing their DACA status. USCIS will issue them new two-year cards.

    According to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AA Justice LA) (USCIS) of Homeland Security has issued notices to DACA recipients that their permission to work for three years has been rescinded to two years as a result of Judge Andrew Hanen’s order in Texas v. U.S. case on February 16, 2015.

    The three-year permits were issued after President Barack Obama expanded the DACA program in an executive action. But then a Texas judge in February blocked the president’s action. The Obama administration says some three-year work permits, those issued after February 16, were issued by mistake after the judge had issued a temporary injunction.

    ICE not involved

    Affected DACA recipients should have received one or more letters from USCIS about returning the the-year EAD card, so individuals concerned about their situation should call or visit USCIS immediately. “Please note this action is being conducted by USCIS and does not involve Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” explained an immigrant rights advocate.

    This past June, the DACA program reached its third anniversary. The program allows eligible undocumented immigrants who entered the country at a young age to apply for temporary protection from deportations and two-year work permits or EADs.

    Statistics obtained from AA Justice LA showed to date over 665,000 immigrant youth have received their DACA throughout the nation.

    Over the past year, over 355,000 immigrant youth have applied to renew their DACA. Within the Asian American community South Korea and the Philippines are among the top ten countries of origin for DACA applications.

    Judge Hanen’s February 2015 order required USCIS to no longer issue three-year EADs. In an interview with, Michelle Saucedo, Legal Advocate of AA Justice LA said, “We have received calls regarding this order, since some people have received a USCIS notice asking for the three-year document back. We are simply explaining to clients that if they receive the notice, they should comply with its instructions and return the three-year documents.”

    Only 2,500 affected

    They will be receiving the two-year updated documents in the near future, as stated by the USCIS notices, said Saucedo. She continued:

    “It is important to note that only about 2,500 people received these three-year work permits erroneously, and are expected to return the documents to USCIS. What USCIS is doing is changing the erroneously issued three-year DACA and work permits to two-year periods, thus people will still retain the benefits they were granted.”

    According to a report by NBC News this week, about 1,000 of the 2,500 permits were returned and exchanged for two-year permits.

    Those who haven’t complied are being threatened with revocation of their DACA status. Some of the holders have failed to respond to letters and phone calls.

    NBC News quoted Marielena Hincapié, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, that the home visits by Citizenship and Immigration Services are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s “extreme measures,” but urged holders of the documents to comply.

    The visits were to occur in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston, said Christopher Bentley, the immigration agency’s spokesman, and only for those affected who had not returned their three-year DAA permit to work.

    The City and County of San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs (CEIA) likewise issued a press statement that individuals should not be alarmed if contacted by USCIS. The return of the three-year EAD must be completed on or before July 21, 2015.

    Notices to be taken seriously

    Advancing Justice advised that if DACA recipients received a letter or call from USCIS regarding their three-year EAD, it is important that they take the notice seriously because they may suffer adverse consequences.

    They can contact Asians Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (213-241-8885 and 213-241-8886) for assistance on this issue and if they have questions or concerns. They can also call the USCIS National Customer Service Center: 1-800-375-5283.

    For those up north, the CEIA said DACA recipients can visit USCIS at 444 Washington Street, San Francisco CA to present the 3-year EAD card. No appointment is necessary. USCIS walk-up window hours are Monday- Friday 9am- 3pm.

    CEIA further advised DACA recipients to make a copy of their current EAD card, both the front and back, and the three-year EAD approval notice: “Keep these for your records.”

    AA Justice LA states “the success of DACA is clear. It has allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth to live without fear of deportation and pursue their interests . However, there has been much confusion regarding the hold placed by Judge Hanen in the Texas v. U.S. case and how this affects DACA”.

    Nationally, more than 642,000 applications have been submitted, and 96 percent have been approved. Within the Asian American community, while South Korea and the Philippines are among the top ten countries of origin for DACA applications, many Asian American as well as Pacific Islander DACA-eligible youth have not applied.

    Advancing Justice – LA’s own immigrant rights policy advocate, Anthony Ng, received his approval for DACA in late 2012 and is now due to renew his employment authorization document (EAD).

    “It allowed me to come out of the shadows, have access to resources, and [be] empowered to fight for myself, my family, and my community,” Ng said. Born in the Philippines, he has not only used his DACA to legally work, but also continues to encourage other undocumented youth to apply for DACA and get involved with the fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

    “I know that it is a painful process to acknowledge your immigration status due to the stigma that comes along with it. But our parents and family sacrificed so much for a better life for us – it is our duty to ourselves and our families to ensure that their sacrifices are not in vain,” Ng said.




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    How I wish I could do a "ride-a-long" with those DACA permit re-poppers. I imagine the success rate is not to be bragged about.

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    IMMIGRATION: Confusion, panic as some immigrants must return invalid work permits

    Immigration officials said about 2,100 DACA recipients were mistakenly issued three-year work permits. s


    Published: July 17, 2015 Updated: 6:08 p.m.



    If you:
    • Have a three-year work permit that was issued to you after the Feb. 16, 2015 court order.
    • Have a three-year work permit that was initially issued to you on or before the Feb. 16, 2015 court order, but then re-mailed to an updated address after the court order.
    • Your three-year card is no longer valid and you must return it. One or two letters should have been sent to you with instructions to return the permit. USCIS has sent you or is sending you a replacement card valid for two years.
    What to do:
    • Return your invalid three-year card as directed in your notice.


    • Individuals who have questions or concerns on whether they must return their three-year permits, should call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375- 5283 and select Option 8 or go to for a fact sheet to answer related questions.
    • United We Dream -- an immigrant youth led organization -- built an online quiz on their website to help DACA recipients figure out if they need to return their permits. Information:

    Community groups are urging young immigrants who were issued three-year work permits after Feb. 16 this year to return them to the federal government to avoid having their deferred deportation status revoked.

    The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – or DACA – program has granted deportation relief to thousands of immigrants who came to the United States illegally before age 16.

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a July 15 statement that about 2,100 DACA recipients were mistakenly issued three-year work permits after a Texas judge temporarily stopped President Obama’s plans to increase the permits from two to three years.

    Notices have been sent to those who apply and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has updated their records to reflect a two-year period of deferred action and employment authorization. The three-year invalid permits must still be returned.

    This has sparked confusion and panic among young immigrants and their parents who were unsure whether they had to return their work permits.

    Those who were issued three-year work permits after Feb. 16 must return them by July 31, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said. If the permits are not returned, the DACA and employment statuses will be terminated.

    Javier Hernandez with the Justice for Immigrants Coalition of Inland Southern California said their organization has been receiving numerous inquiries this week regarding the three-year permits.

    “There’s a lot of confusion on whether or not they have to turn it in,” Hernandez said.

    There’s also a lot of misinformation, Hernandez added.

    Some social media posts have indicated that the deadline to turn in the invalid work permits was July 17. But, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday, July 17, told the Press-Enterprise that the deadline is July 31.

    Some also thought that Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials will pay home visits to retrieve the invalid permits and feared being deported.

    “There are all kinds of rumors going on in the community,” said Luz Gallegos, community programs director at TODEC Legal Center, a grassroots organization serving migrant communities in Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties.

    “I don’t know if it’s social media. There’s a lot of hearsay,” Gallegos said.

    Although ICE officials will not visiting homes to retrieve the invalid permits, USCIS officials have started visiting addresses of certain individuals who have not yet returned them.

    Visits have been made across Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Los Angeles, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said.




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