Deferred Action

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google Plus Share to Google Plus Share by Email

Deferred Action renewal workshops to be held in Des Moines



Deferred Action Public Service Announcement in English

In 2012, President Obama’s administration announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, a program that allows us to live and work in the United States legally, with the possibility of renewal every two years.

If you, your son, or daughter came to the United States prior to June 15, 2007, were under 16 years old, and meet other requirements, there’s a possibility you or your child may qualify for deferred action.

Deferred Action Public Service Announcement in Spanish

En el 2012, la administración del presidente Obama, nos otorgó La Acción Diferida, que es una estadía legal y un permiso de trabajo, con la posibilidad de renovarlos cada dos años.

Si Ud. Su hijo o hija llego a los Estados Unidos antes del 15 de Junio del 2007, tenía menos de 16 años, y cumple con otros requisitos, ay una posibilidad que califique para la Acción Diferida como yo y otros 450,000 jóvenes a nivel nacional.

Si Ud. Ya fue otorgado la Acción Diferida va a poder renovarla comenzando 150 días antes de la fecha de vencimiento.

Legal Clinic on Deferred Action for Dreamers

Saturday, November 2, 2013 - 9:00am

For Appointments Contact: (515) 274-4851 ext. 13

To be held at AFSC, 4211 Grand Avenue (northwest corner of 42nd St. and Grand), Des Moines.

On June 15, 2012, President Obama announced that the Dept. of Homeland Security will halt deportations and permit employment authorization for certain eligible youth.  You may qualify for deferred action if you:

¨ Arrived in the US before age 16 and before June 15, 2007

¨ Have lived in the US continuously for the last 6 years and are presently in the US

In search of evidence in Des Moines

It was a dark and stormy night….

OK, not really. But sometimes Jody Mashek’s job as Immigration Legal Service Director for AFSC in Iowa can feel a little like detective work.

Since the Obama administration began accepting applications for Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) last year, Jody and a team of volunteers have helped over 150 qualified immigrant youth apply and obtain lawful status in the United States for two years, with the hope of renewal.

The right direction: Deferred action policy is not the final word for Dreamers

DREAMers at Iowa capitol

small group talking in Iowa capitol rotunda

Iowa DREAMers visited the state capitol on March 20 to thank state senators for co-sponsoring a bill allowing them to pay in-state tuition at state universities. They also spoke with legislators still opposed to bill or on the fence. See more photos.

In June 2012, President Obama announced that immigrant youth who meet certain qualifications can apply for work permits through a program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Though this is a step in the right direction, more change is needed to create a just immigration system for young people.

More opportunities for undocumented students in Chicago

AFSC's Youth Peace Building and Justice Program are assisting undocumentd students in four Chicago Public Schools as they fill out their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals forms. Many students and families of immigrant youth have been uncertain of the risks and the costs connected to applying for DACA status.

To date, the program has assisted over 50 youth and family members with applications and trained five college interns to assist at the school. The medical program coordinator at one high school expressed her appreciation in the following e-mail:

Dreams still deferred, but moving forward thanks to new Obama policy


Yazmin holds a sign that says "No human being is illegal"

Getting her deferred action approval meant Yazmin, a longtime advocate for immigration policy reform who graduated from college last year, could get a job.

In June, when high school junior Ivania heard the news about a new immigration policy, she thought for a moment that this was it—that Congress had passed the DREAM Act. Maybe medical school was not too much of a stretch after all; maybe she would be able to qualify for grants and get a part-time job to pay for a psychology degree at the University of Iowa.

Sandra Sanchez explains Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Sandra Sanchez, director of AFSC's Iowa Immigrant Voice Program, talks about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in this September 20, 2012 interview with Knight Life.

Volunteers on Deferred Action and Dreamers

Volunteers at recent AFSC/JFON legal clinics talk about why Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a good first step for immigrant youth and our nation.

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

Where we work

AFSC has offices around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.

Get AFSC's newsletter

AFSC Online