3 Ways to help Dreamers right here in Utah

September 27th, 2017|Action of the Day|1 Comment

Are you wondering how you can help some of the nearly 10,000 DACA recipients here in Utah? Here are 3 ways:

1. For Lawyers

Are you a Utah attorney outside the Provo, Salt Lake City, or Ogden areas? And if so, have any DACA recipients approached you asking for help with renewals?

Action Utah is in connected with a non-profit immigration attorney who can offer training and instruction on DACA renewals to attorneys in southern, eastern, central, or northern Utah. In addition, the Mexican consulate also has some satellite offices that may need lawyers to help folks who cannot travel to the greater Salt Lake City area.

We are looking for lawyers to respond to clients that cannot afford to travel to greater Salt Lake (where renewal services are readily available).  Additionally, for DACA applicants burdened by renewal fees, several groups are providing assistance, including the University of Utah, the Mexican Consulate, Catholic Community Services, and Holy Cross Ministries.

To learn more, contact Action Utah’s Immigration and Refugee Issue Captain, Laura Bandara.

2. For Educators

Are you an educator? Do you have current or former students who have been affected by the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA?

AU is working with the Enriching Utah Coalition to promote the DREAM Act, and we are in search of K-12 teachers and college professors willing to devote a few hours of their time to advocating for students with DACA and lending their support to the DREAM Act. We’ve scheduled a meeting in central Salt Lake City on Friday, September 29 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss options for advocacy.

Contact Action Utah’s Immigration and Refugee Issue Captain, Laura Bandara, for more information.

3. For Everyone Else

If you are not an attorney or an educator, but would still like to help, there are some great non-profit organizations hard at work serving immigrants here in Utah. Would you like to support groups that are providing DACA renewal and immigration services in Utah? Here are some great options:

  • The non-profit immigration programs of Catholic Community Services and Holy Cross Ministries are offering free consultations and DACA renewal applications through the October 5th deadline.
  • Comunidades Unidas also provides immigration services, and is working with the Mexican consulate to provide renewal fee assistance to Mexican nationals.
  • Red de Solidaridad is an all-volunteer rapid-response team established in Salt Lake City to assist immigrants (and family members) threatened with deportation. All funds go directly to impacted families. They have also established a fund to pay renewal fees for DACA recipients not covered by other area organizations.  (Note: they are working on getting tax-deductible status, but are not quite there yet.)  Send funds via PayPal to solidaridadslc@gmail.com

One Comment

  1. Sarah Smith January 7, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    It’s really interesting that immigration attorneys can work for traditional firms as well as for nonprofits. I also didn’t know that immigration attorneys handle everything from renewals to advocating for students. This makes me wonder how many lawyers choose to specialize in immigration.

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