SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco will cover the cost of application fees for participants in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program who need to renew their enrollment before the Oct. 5 deadline.

San Francisco has previously subsidized application fees for the DACA program, which allows undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children to seek deferment of deportation and work authorization and was renewable every two years.

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The program, established through an executive order by President Barack Obama in 2012, includes approximately 223,000 people in California and around 800,000 nationwide.

President Donald Trump on Sept. 5 signed an executive order rescinding DACA. Trump’s order means that no new applications will be accepted for the program and those already participating in the program can stay in it until their two-year expiration date.

Those whose documents expire before March 6 can apply for renewal up until Oct. 5.

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Given the urgency of meeting the October renewal deadline, San Francisco is now paying all of the $495 fee. The funds will be provided through the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs.

“These individuals are diligent students and dedicated workers who have only known this country as their home,” Mayor Ed Lee said in a statement. “We are proud to pay for their DACA application fees and we will continue to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform in this country.”

The city will hold a free DACA renewal workshop on Saturday at Mission High School at 3750 18th St. from 1-5 p.m. The workshop will include on-site legal assistance and screenings, and all renewal applications will be fully covered.

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A number of lawsuits have been filed challenging the cancellation of DACA, including by the city of San Jose, more than a dozen states including California and the University of California.

In addition, efforts are afoot to pass legislation legalizing the DACA program in Congress, a move that Trump has said he supports.

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Comments (3)
  1. What I find most interesting is the all out BLITZ by the Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country are fighting to the death for illegal aliens?many don’t even wonder why? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested in issues involving citizens!

    There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have. The MSM and Democrats would have you believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years). This is another falsehood told to the American people (like the lie there just ‘Kids”) there not all picking strawberries they take good Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes,put their kids through college Why must the citizens have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals?

    Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes. The GOAL (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the expense of illegal aliens.

    The costs of illegal immigration.

    * The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien. That is not even counting the FREE school lunches every day for 13 years.

    *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At 21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison—do the math.

    * Using the Obama created program- DACA, 800,000 illegal aliens has funneled 800 THOUSAND jobs away from American Citizens.

    *$17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches for illegal aliens.