The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act has once again become a top issue as the expiration of the immigration eligibility act nears the March 5 deadline.

On Saturday, the Dodge City Community College will be hosting an informational meeting about DACA from 10 a.m. to noon in the student union board room.

"The meeting is intended to be somewhat informal, and will be geared toward answering any questions people may have about immigration issues," said Rodney Clayton, DCCC Associate Professor of Sociology.

"We will have an immigration lawyer, Michael Feltman, who will be answering questions.

"While the main point of this meeting is to answer questions about DACA and explain options for DACA recipients, any immigration related questions are welcome.

"I will be joined by Ernestor De La Rosa from the city of Dodge City and fellow DCCC professor Jorge Estrella."

According to the Department of Homeland Security website, on June 15, 2012, then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a memorandum entitled "Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children," creating a non-congressionally authorized administrative program that permitted certain individuals who came to the United States as juveniles and meet several criteria—including lacking any current lawful immigration status—to request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and eligibility for work authorization.

This program became known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA which is also known as the Dream Act.

"We will be addressing questions DACA recipients may have," said De La Rosa. "We will also provide an overview as to what is happening with the court injunctions with DACA and the legislative environment for a legislative fix/proposal."

As of Feb. 14, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the USCIS will not be accepting requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA.

According to the USCIS website, due to federal court orders on Jan. 9 and Feb. 13 USCIS has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under DACA. The USCIS also state that the scope of the Feb. 13 preliminary injunction issued in the Eastern District of New York is the same as the Jan. 9 preliminary injunction issued in the Northern District of California.

Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017. Additionally, individuals with DACA and associated work authorization that expire after March 5, are no longer eligible to submit a renewal request.

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