Law students are offering consultations to young people affected by the discontinuation of the DACA immigration policy, while learning practical skills that will be useful in their own future careers, through a new Immigration and Detention and DACA Clinic at UConn Law.
The policy (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) allowed some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and be eligible for a work permit. Now, that policy is being phased out, leaving the lives of many young people uncertain.
The students provide those facing the loss of their DACA status with the best advice and options possible within the law. They are also helping immigrants held in detention to seek release and the opportunity to remain in the United States while they litigate their removal cases.