Renoites Offer DACA Assistance Before Renewal Deadline

Sep 26, 2017

The deadline for people to renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status is fast approaching, and northern Nevadans are organizing legal help. KUNR reporter Natalie Van Hoozer has the story. 

Current beneficiaries of DACA will only be able to renew their status if their paperwork is received by the Department of Homeland Security by October 5. 

Several groups including the ACLU and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, known as PLAN, are hosting clinics and walk-in appointments with free legal services for Nevadans to get their applications completed correctly.

Turnout for these events has been low so far, and organizers are worried.

Both Nevada senators have voiced their support for DACA recipients. Here’s Catherine Cortez Masto on the issue.

“They are future doctors and scientists and teachers," she said. "I mean, it is incredible to me that anybody would want to deport these kids, let alone their families, because they contribute economically to this state.” 

Congress has a limited window of time to determine the fate of the program.

A group of conservative attorneys general says DACA was an abuse of presidential power during the Obama administration.

Natalie Van Hoozer is a senior at the Reynold’s School of Journalism and works for Noticiero Móvil, a Spanish-English multimedia news outlet for Northern Nevada.