In 2012, the Obama Administration announced, on a case-by-case basis, the Federal Government would stop deporting and begin granting work permits to qualified  young people who were brought to the United States as a child and do not present a risk to national security or public safety.

Under this directive, only those young people who meet strict criteria – including having no criminal record and having graduated from high school or served in the military – will be considered for an exercise of prosecutorial discretion. The policy does not make these individuals eligible for green cards or citizenship, but simply stops their deportation from the U.S. for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey helped 665 DACA clients in 2016.

To find out if you qualify, contact us by calling any of the phone numbers below and pressing option 2.