Following a court order on December 4th which required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fully reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Hispanic Federation announced the expansion of its DACA Scholarship Program to new applicants.
The court order compelled DHS to reopen the DACA program to first-time applicants, including the estimated 55,000 young immigrants who turned 17, and became eligible, since the program was unlawfully ended by the Trump Administration in 2017.
Along with allowing applications for newly eligible DREAMERs, the court order also overturns DHS rules which slashed the protection period from two years to one, as well as requires DHS to make all considerations based on the terms in place on September 5, 2017. It is estimated that more than 300,000 people may be newly eligible.
In order to assist new DREAMERs, Hispanic Federation will underwrite the $495 DACA application fee for qualified new and renewal applicants, with an initial $50,000 in scholarships available.