Inslee announces help from private donor to pay DACA recipients’ renewal fees

Donation to help about 250 people in Washington state; deadline to apply for two-year DACA extension is Oct. 5

Gov. Jay Inslee announces Monday that a private donor has stepped forward to cover the application fees for approximately 250 Washington residents seeking to renew their status under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The announcement was made during a press conference Sept. 25, 2017, in Olympia. (Official Governor’s Office photo)

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that many Washington residents seeking to renew their status under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will soon have assistance in paying the $495 application fee .

Thanks to an anonymous donation of $125,000, approximately 250 Washington residents will be eligible for an application-fee scholarship for the two-year DACA extension. The deadline to apply for a DACA renewal scholarship is by close-of-business on Friday, Sept. 29.

Advocates recommend that DACA recipients mail their applications no later than Oct. 3 to make sure they are received by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services by the Oct. 5 deadline.

“Nearly 18,000 DREAMers call Washington state home, and the cruel actions of the Trump Administration threatens the ability of these aspiring young men and women to go to school or work,” Inslee said. “This program will help lessen the financial impact on the DREAMers and their families.”

The private donation will be administered through the Mission Asset Fund (MAF) in San Francisco, and no Washington state funds are being used for the application fees.

To put the new application fee scholarship program in place, Washington has formed a DACA Renewal Coalition. The leading organizations of the coalition will be the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), a legal services provider; the Washington Dream Act Coalition, a grassroots youth-led movement; the Mission Asset Fund (MAF), an organization that is currently providing scholarship funds to DACA recipients; and the state’s Office of Refugees and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA).

Earlier this month, Inslee wrote an op-ed on the repeal of DACA.

For more information or to apply for the scholarship, visit http://www.lc4daca.org.