urge congress to protect undocumented youth + know your rights

The Trump Administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, will end by March 2018. Read the story here.

DACA was created in 2012 to protect young immigrants who were brought to the United States as minors and consider this country their home. Under the program, immigrant youth who meet certain requirements are protected against deportation and can access some legal rights. Immigrants with DACA status can get work permits that must be renewed every two years.

In California, DACA recipients can also:

Since the start of program, more than 800,000 immigrant youth have signed up for DACA, nearly 60% went on to enroll into college and almost 30% have obtained a college degree.  

Without DACA protections, immigrant youth may once again be forced to live in the shadows. Congress must act quickly to protect immigrant teens and young adults so they can continue their education and live peacefully.

Take Action!

It is very important that young people stand up and make their voices heard on this issue. Congress needs to know that you care about young immigrants and you want them to protect immigrants. Actions you can take to help: 

Resources for DACA Youth

If you are or know a DACA recipient, know that you still have rights. Check out these resources to answer questions you may have:

Your Health Care Rights – Regardless of Immigration Status

  • Low-income undocumented kids and DACA recipients under the age of 19 in California can sign up for Medi-Cal.
  • If you are over 19 and can’t sign up for health coverage, you can still get low-cost health care at any of these community clinics
  • Undocumented/DACA teens of any age and adults can get confidential, free sexual and reproductive health services through the Family PACT program at any of these clinics.

Learn more about your health care and sexual health rights at Teensource.org.

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This blog was reposted from TeenSource.org, a project of Essential Access Health. TeenSource.org is an online hub for comprehensive and teen-friendly information on birth control, STDs, relationships and teen’s rights to accessing sensitive services. The site features youth-developed blogs and videos, a clinic finder, a Condom Access Project and links to TeenSource social media where youth can stay updated on relevant sexual and reproductive health information and news.

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