Workshops to give legal help to undocumented immigrants with DACA scheduled

DENVER -- One of Denver’s largest community service groups is trying to give undocumented immigrants with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals the legal help they might need.

Servicios De La Raza is partnering with the lawyers at Robinson and Henry to hold a free DACA renewal workshop on March 24.

The Obama administration started DACA to give deportation protections and work visas to a large group of eligible undocumented immigrants illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

President Donald Trump moved to end the program by March 5 and pressured Congress to pass a permanent solution.

But there are federal court orders in place in a legal fight to save that protection. In the meantime, DACA recipients can re-enroll while they wait for Congress or the courts to act.

Attorney Edmon Garibyan said there is a small window before things could change.

“(Congress) might impose additional requirements. It might do away with the program entirely. We don’t know,” Garibyan said.

Silvia Gamboa with Servicios said the group is constantly listening to the needs of the community.

She hopes the upcoming event will help ease some fear surrounding what happens next.

“You’re having an attorney go step-by-step with you on how to fill out an application, what to expect and really answer some of those unanswered questions,” Gamboa said.

Servicios is holding an information event about DACA meant for professionals.

Gamboa said this is for business owners, managers, teachers, social workers and anyone who might have questions about DACA and how this could affect a person’s status.

That event is happening at 10 a.m. Monday at Servicios de La Raza (3131 W. 14th Ave., Denver).

On March 24, the lawyers at Robinson and Henry along with Servicios will hold a DACA renewal workshop also at Servicios de La Raza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.