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Utah communities offer help for DACA recipients

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Utah communities offer help for DACA recipients (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) According to Comunidades Unidas, about 2,000 Utahns are expected to rush to submit DACA renewal applications to the federal government by the Oct. 5 deadline.

Several local organizations including the Park City Education Foundation, Holy Cross Ministries and the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake, are offering legal and financial help for those who want to complete the applications ahead of the deadline.

DACA, often called Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, which grants work permits to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. by their parents at a young age, was ended by President Trump last week. But those with DACA permits that are due to expire by early next year, can apply for renewals under the president’s new order.

In Park City, Utah, Moe Hickey, board member of the Park City Education Foundation, said they’ve raised $ 24,000 in donations to help some 200 DACA students who are in Park City Schools currently or have recently graduated.

The Park City Education Foundation is holding a DACA renewal event for students/graduates of that school district:

Thursday, Sept. 14

  • 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Park City

Students are advised to bring a copy of their prior DACA applications, school and medical records and any other documents that pertain to the student’s entry into the U.S.

Holy Cross Ministries in helping with assistance in completion of DACA renewals on Fridays.

Call (801)261-3440 for appointment.

The Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City is offering help with DACA renewals to people born in Mexico.

Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.