An emergency DACA renewal workshop is taking place on Wednesday night


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A student reads a poem about her experiences as an undocumented student during the Iowans Need Your Help: Rally To Support Dreamers and TPS Holders on Dec. 1.

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An emergency DACA Renewal Clinic, hosted by American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will take place from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, in the AFSC’s offices in Des Moines.

Those planning to renew their visas are asked to bring a money order of $495, a copy (front and back) of their work permit, two passport-size photos and a copy of their last DACA renewal application.

The workshop was organized to give DACA recipients the opportunity to renew their status, and does not depend on the expiration date of the protection.

This takes place following a federal judge blocking the efforts of the Trump administration to rescind the program created by President Obama in 2012.

“The most practical relief is to maintain DACA in the same manner to which the agency and recipients are accustomed,” U.S. District Judge William Alsup wrote in his ruling.

In September of 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced President Trump was to rescind DACA, cutting protection for nearly 800,000 individuals and gave Congress until March 5 to pass legislation regarding the recipients. Following the announcement there was an opportunity for DACA recipients to renew their visa before Oct. 5, but it only applied to individuals who had visas expiring between the announcement of DACA rescinding and Oct. 5.

Currently Congress has found itself in a gridlock in passing legislations. President Trump has said on Twitter that any attempts for future immigration policies must include funding for a border wall along the U.S. and Mexico border.