The Hispanic Neuropsychological Society’s Position Statement on the Proposed Changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Legislation
As a professional society dedicated to serving the complex health and mental health needs of the Latina/o community, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Society (HNS) raises its voice in solidarity with the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA), and countless other professional societies to publicly condemn the current administration’s recent decision to end DACA. Our young Latina/o and Hispanic DACA recipient youth represent the very best in our community, and we stand with them in urging congressional leaders to take action and address comprehensive immigration reform. The proposed legislative changes to terminate DACA would result in greater hardships for DACA recipients and their families, creating further divides in our communities, as well as increased social and health inequity. HNS is committed to supporting immigrant families and working toward a more socially responsible neuropsychology that improves the health and mental health of all.
Additional information for DACA members and their families:
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services already has stopped accepting new DACA applications. However, if you already have DACA, and your permit is set to expire between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, you may apply for a two-year renewal.
You must apply for renewal no later than October 5, 2017.
Even if DACA is phased out permanently on March 5, 2018, applying for a renewal no later than October 5, 2017 is the best opportunity to obtain two more years of protection against deportation and legal authorization to work.
With fewer than 30 days before this deadline, we encourage everyone whose DACA permit expires in the next six months to act quickly. And please share this renewal application deadline with others who could benefit.
For more information on the renewal process please view the link below:
For additional questions and concerns you can also contact the NALEO Educational Fund:
The NALEO Educational Fund also has activated their toll-free bilingual hotline 1-844-411-DACA (844-411-3222) which provides callers with “real-time” information, and referrals to legal resources in their communities. The hotline’s hours are11:00 am – 8:00 pm EDT.