Due to a lawsuit, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are required to collect any three-year DACA work permits that were issued or mailed after February 16, 2015. Over 2,000 undocumented youth received a three-year work permit and must now return them to receive a two-year permit.
These were approved and sent out after the U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas issued a temporary injunction back in February against the expanded version of DACA. A relief program for the parents of U.S. citizen or legal resident children, also known as DAPA.
Advocates are urging young immigrants awarded with three-year work permits to return them to the federal government as the administration began on Thursday visiting homes of people who still have permits. Immigration advocates are also afraid that the home visits will cause confusion and panic, and so they are working on informing the immigrant community.
The home visits were to occur in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston.
Approximately 1,000 of the 2,500 people have returned their work permits already. The agency has re-issued and mailed-out two-year work permits to those individuals who have returned them. Those who have not complied are being contacted by phone or in person, threatened with revocation of their DACA status.
The executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, Marielena Hincapie said that “while the immigrant community might be confused and fearful of this, the goal is only to retrieve the three-year work permits and replace them with a two-year permit.”
The deadline to return the three-year work permits is July 30, 2015.