Thank You and Update on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Work

Many of you have read about our work with DACA clients — deferred action for childhood arrivals.  These immigrants arrived in the United States as children and, for the first time, have the opportunity to come out of the shadows and apply for work authorization.  Part of the application is a $465 fee to Immigration that cannot be waived.  This fee has been a barrier to a handful of our clients.

However, thanks to St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Reston and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, we have funds to pay for nearly eight DACA client applications!

One young client wrote this thank -you note to the church that enabled her to apply:

I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving this money so I can go ahead and get my immigration status in this country settled.  I know that $465 could’ve gone for something else or you could’ve used it for other plans, but it is going with my papers.  That means so much.  You have no idea how much this means for me, for my family.  I hope one day I can thank you in person, not only for this but for my future plans that I will now be able to achieve.  I know God is good and will continue opening doors for you and your future.  Thank you.

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The mission of Just Neighbors is to provide immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees in Virginia, especially those who are most vulnerable. We also seek to foster enriching experiences that enhance awareness and mutual understanding among our clients, volunteers, staff and community.

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