DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival)
Updated - 04/25/2018

We are currently filing DACA renewals if they expired or are about to expire. At the moment, we can only file DACA cases of people who have DACA now or had DACA in the past.

Advanced Parole (permission to travel and re-enter the US) applications for DACA recipients are not being accepted by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Also, USCIS does not accept completely new DACA application, i.e. DACA applications for persons who never had DACA.

A federal judge in Washington DC ordered (04/24/2018) that the DACA program be reinstated, but he gives 90 days time for the administration to explain why they rescinded DACA in the first place. Until further notice, we still cannot file DACA cases of people who never had DACA. We will update this web page as new information becomes available.

USCIS published a new memorandum.
There are preliminary injunctions in place right now ordered by federal judges (California 01/09/2018 and New York 02/13/2018). These could be overturned soon, because appeals have been filed at the appellate (circuit) courts. We don't know how long this window of opportunity is going to last, and what will happen to the pending cases that were filed, if the injunctions are overturned.

AG Jeff Sessions had announced on September 5, 2017 in a press conference that DACA had been rescinded. US Citizenship and Immigration Services had only accepted DACA initial cases on or before September 5, 2017. No initial DACA cases had been accepted afterwards. Those DACA cases that had been filed before that date will be adjudicated or were adjudicated on a case by case basis, just like previously. Anybody whose DACA expired between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 was able to file before October 5, 2017.

Thanks to the Kentucky Bar Foundation for providing funds to help with our "Maxwell Street Legal Clinic: Ensuring Security, Completing the Journey" Project.

Check out our brochures (PDF) for an overview of our services!

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Maxwell Street Legal Clinic is a program of Kentucky Equal Justice Center,
a non-profit poverty law advocacy center. We are a trusted source of high quality,
low cost legal assistance for the immigrant and refugee communities of Kentucky.

This year (2018) we are one of 28 agencies to receive grant funds
from the Fayette County Bar Foundation!

201 East Maxwell Street
Lexington, KY 40508

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Project elements relate closely to elements of the Foundation mission statement, as follows:

Improving the justice system by helping people in need: Maxwell Street Legal Clinic helps low-income immigrants with few resources and nowhere else to turn. The project will help families prepare crucial family documents that might not have been possible without access to low-cost legal services.

Providing information to the public: Onsite consultations, document prep workshops and offsite education sessions will empower hundreds of low-income immigrants with “toolkits” for emergency preparedness and at least 200 families with properly completed forms granting Power of Attorney, plus guidance on how to implement them.

Building trust in the legal system: Few subjects are as beset with rumor, misinformation and fear as immigration enforcement. Our project builds a protective bridge between immigration and family law. It shows parents that—absent abuse or neglect, and regardless of country of origin—the law supports the integrity of families and empowers them to make decisions about care for their children.

Engaging volunteer attorneys: It’s a testament to the mission and to the bar. Maxwell Street Legal Clinic has received offers to help. The project will enable a trained and coordinated corps of attorney volunteers to engage with new neighbors—and share a stake in their future.