The California-based Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) recently announced that CHIRLA will provide free legal clinics for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, and will also cover the $495 DACA renewal fee as part of CHIRLA’s “Renew and Secure It” campaign. CHIRLA’s current campaign is a great opportunity for DACA-eligible entrepreneurs in fashion and tech as well as students in fashion design to receive legal assistance in submitting their DACA applications.

In April 2018, Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the U.S. must keep the DACA program — vacating the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) September 5, 2017 decision to end the DACA program. The Court stayed its order for 90 days to give DHS an opportunity to better explain its view that DACA is unlawful. Thus, DACA recipients currently have an opportunity to apply and submit their renewal applications.

Who is eligible to participate in CHIRLA’s DACA renewal clinics? While CHIRLA is based in Los Angeles, startup founders and fashion tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley may also sign up for CHIRLA’s legal clinic. According to the Migration Policy Institute, there are approximately 500,000 individuals in California that are currently participating in the DACA program or meet the criteria to apply.

Are California residents enrolled in academic institutions outside of California able to participate in CHIRLA’s DACA renewal clinics? Yes. California residents pursuing degrees in fashion design and studying fashion law outside of California are eligible to participate — provided that they are able to meet at CHIRLA’s office.

Where can I find additional information on CHIRLA’s “Renew and Secure It” campaign and to participate in CHIRLA’s legal clinic? Please visit CHIRLA’s site for additional information, available here.

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