Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Project

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About the DACA Project

An initiative of St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Center for Legal and Social Justice, the St. Mary’s DACA Project helps eligible low-income individuals who came to the United States as children to apply for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The project is supported by a grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.

If approved, deferred action status offers protection from deportation, authorization to work and eligibility for a Texas driver’s license. The St. Mary’s DACA Project process also involves screening applicants for more permanent forms of immigration relief and counseling about what to expect during the application process and afterward.

Since 2012, the St. Mary’s University School of Law’s Center for Legal and Social Justice has been providing free legal assistance to people applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. In November 2013, the St. Mary’s DACA Project received a generous grant from the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to expand its free services to Bexar, Atascosa, Dimmit, McMullen, La Salle, Frio, Zavala, Duval, Webb and Maverick counties. 

Are you eligible for deferred action assistance?

Were you born between June 15, 1981 and June 15, 2007?
¿Nació entre 15 de junio de 1981 y el 15 de junio del 2007?

Were you in the United States on Friday, June 15, 2012?
¿Estuvo presente en los EE.UU. el viernes, 15 de junio de 2012?

Did you establish residency in the United States before your 16th birthday?
¿Estableció residencia en los EE.UU. antes de cumplir los 16 años?

Did you enter the United States before turning 16? Are you at least 15 years old now?
¿Entró a los Estados Unidos antes de cumplir los 16 años? ¿Tiene por lo menos 15 años ahora mismo?

Have you been in the U.S. since June 15, 2007?
¿Ha estado en los Estados Unidos desde el 15 de Junio del 2007?

On June 15, 2012, were you under the age of 31 and in the U.S.?
¿En el 15 de Junio del 2012, tenía menos de 31 años y estuvo presente en los Estados Unidos?

Have you earned a high school diploma or GED, or are you currently in school or a GED program?
¿Ha recibido su diploma de la escuela secundaria o el equivalente (GED) o, está actualmente en la escuela, o un programa de GED? 

Information Sessions

The DACA Project staff will present numerous information sessions in the coming months. Please check back here for updated information as they are scheduled or keep in touch with us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Attending an information session is not required, and interested applicants are welcome to call 210-431-5730 or email for an appointment at our office.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuesday, May 27, 6-7 p.m.
Fuerza Unida
710 New Laredo Hwy
San Antonio, Texas 78211

Wednesday, May 28, 4-6 p.m.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
816 Brazos St.
San Antonio, Texas 78207

Saturday, May 31, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Baptist University of the Americas-Henderson Chapel
8019 S. Pan Am Expressway (I-35 South, exit #149 Palo Alto Road)
San Antonio, Texas 78224

Every Friday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1612 Farragut St.
Laredo, Texas

Every Tuesday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
1120 E. Carlton Rd.
Laredo, Texas

What You Will Need to Get Started Checklist

Please download the complete DACA Document Checklist, complete with a worksheet and examples of accepted documents to help you get started. Here are the kind of documents you will need:

  • Immigration Record
  • Proof of criminal record, if you have ever been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of entry date
  • Proof that you lived in the U.S. before turning 16
  • Proof of education/military status
  • Proof of continuous presence in the U.S. from at least June 15, 2007 until present date
  • Proof that you were in the U.S. on June 15, 2012
  • Anything else that shows you are a person of good character

Are you ready to get started or need more information?

The St. Mary’s Center for Legal and Social Justice
2507 NW 36th Street
San Antonio, Texas 78228

Please leave a message with your name, date of birth and phone number.
Por favor, déjenos un mensaje con su nombre, fecha de nacimento y numero teléfono!

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