Baylor Law School to hold DACA clinic

Rylee Seavers | Broadcast Reporter

A Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) clinic will be held at Baylor’s Law School on Tuesday, September 26.

The clinic follows Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that DACA will be ending. Those with DACA cards that expire between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018 can apply to renew for two more years, but it must be done by October 5.

Laura Hernandez, professor of law at Baylor Law School, said DACA does not give individuals legal status to be in the United States, but prevents deportation among card holders.

“Most DACA card holders have no memory or have no connection with their country of birth,” Hernandez said. “They have been in the United States since they were children and many of the DACA applicants that we supported, or that we helped fill out their applications, came to this country as young as one or two.”

Baylor law students, under the supervision of Hernandez, will assist DACA card holders who are eligible to renew in filing out the necessary paperwork, she said.

The services are free and card holders that are eligible to renew will need to bring their current DACA card and photo identification.

Hernandez said that since the clinic was started in 2012, it has aided over 300 residents in the Waco area.

The clinic will begin at 6 p.m. at the Baylor Law School on University Parks Drive.

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