Washington—Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala D. Harris (both D-Calif.) today issued the following statement encouraging recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to mail their renewal applications today to ensure they are received by October 5:
“In light of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma, as well as the significant cost of renewal, we have urged the administration to extend the filing and payment deadline for DACA renewal. These individuals were not notified directly nor given reasonable time to complete the application process. The administration does not appear likely to accommodate this request, so we’re encouraging DACA recipients in California to get their renewal applications in the mail no later than today.
“We continue to push for passage of the DREAM Act—congressional action is the only way to give these incredible young people the protection they deserve. The Senate Judiciary Committee today will have an opportunity to hear from Denisse Rojas, one of California’s finest. Denisse is a graduate of UC Berkeley and a medical student at the Icahn School Of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She’s taken advantage of every opportunity DACA has given her and shows the urgent need to provide these young people with a path to citizenship. Our colleagues should listen to her story.”