DENVER — Multiple reports suggest President Donald Trump appears poised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Tuesday.
In Colorado, that means about 17,000 people soon might lose work and driving privileges — not to mention be at risk for deportation.
The FOX31 Problem Solvers wanted to know: What should DACA recipients do now?
Will DACA recipients lose benefits right away?
According to multiple reports, the president will wait six months before officially “ending” DACA.
Victor Galvon, a DACA recipient and organizer with the Colorado Immigrants Rights Coalition, said “the best thing DACA recipients can do is speak with a lawyer,” implying DACA users should use this grace period to team up with legal organizations.
Will DACA students lose financial aid or ability to go to college?
“The ability to go to college is not tied to your legal status,” Galvon said.
In Colorado, public universities do not base their admissions or financial aid on whether a student has legal status.
“You can fall out of status and still be able to go to school and go to school at an in-state tuition rate,” Galvon said.
Should DACA recipients speak with their employer?
In short, Galvon said wait until your employer brings up the issue with you.
“It’s the employers responsibility to update that information,” Galvon said. “They cannot be fired because they have DACA,” emphasizing employees should know their rights.
Will DACA recipients lose driving privileges in Colorado?
Currently, DACA recipients are able to receive driver’s licenses in Colorado. Galvon said driving rights will not be eliminated right away, but DACA recipients will be unable to renew their licenses when they expire.
“This is something our legislature needs to take on,” Galvon said.
Galvon says the process to apply for citizenship is lengthy and in most cases recipients don’t qualify.
“There is no path to citizenship through DACA,” Galvon said.