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Boise Immigration Advocates Hold DACA-thon As Renewal Deadline Looms


A scene from the Sept. 9 DACA rally on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • A scene from the Sept. 9 DACA rally on the steps of the Idaho State Capitol.
Thursday, October 5 will be the deadline for DACA renewals submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration services. The quickly-approaching deadline impacts those whose DACA and/or work authorization expires between the dates of September 5, and March 5 2018.

Across the Treasure Valley, immigration advocates say there has already been a small effort to make sure eligible individuals to reapply for authorization early enough to beat the pending deadline. Just last week Idaho Catholic Charities held a so-called DACA-thon, but the turnout was modest. As a result, another DACA-thon is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, hosted by El Centro De Comunidad y Justicia at 4696 W. Overland Road in Boise.

“That’s going to be the last day,” said Nayeli Macas, a legal assistant for the group, “The deadline to receive the documents is October  5th. At the latest. we’ll have to mail everything out by Monday (Oct. 2) and overnight our package.”

With a staff of five, two volunteer attorneys from Lawyers for Good Government and several volunteers, El Centro De Comunidad y Justicia is making certain it has enough manpower to help process as many DACA requests as possible. Beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, they’re hoping to assist people in groups of five with an approximate 30-minute turnover. Yes, individuals can submit on their own, but Macias strongly urges individuals to use the services of an attorney.

“Any mistake made on that form is going to cause that packet to be returned. If it’s returned, they're not going to have enough time to re-file," said Macias. "We are recommending they seek help from an attorney. And that's the reason we waived their [attorney] fee, so they can come forward and file.” 

The waiver of legal fees covers the $300 in attorney costs, while the actual DACA renewal fee is an additional $495. But officials at the Mexican Consulate in Boise says some benefactors have offered to help some individuals who might have some trouble paying the renewal fee.

“What we are helping with is that $495 payment that is required to renew,” said Jorge Palomino, community and press manager for the Boise-based Mexican consulate. Palomino added that through an in-person interview process, applicants can request waivers for the fee.

Consulate officials will also provide assistance to Mexican nationals who may need legal representation and/or guidance. 

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