A community clinic for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27, 5-7 p.m. at Centro Hispano of Dane County, 810 W. Badger Road.

Centro is officially accredited to take on immigration cases at very low cost. Centro has a Board of Immigration (BIA) certified representative that will be able to answer questions.

On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Deferred action is a discretionary, limited immigration benefit by DHS. Deferred action is a kind of administrative relief from deportation that has been around a long time. Through it, DHS authorizes a non–U.S. citizen to remain in the U.S. temporarily. The person may also apply for an employment authorization document (a “work permit”) for the period during which he or she has deferred action.

Deferred action can be granted to individuals who are in removal proceedings, who have final orders of removal, or who have never been in removal proceedings. Individuals who have deferred action status can apply for employment authorization and are in the U.S. under color of law. However, there is no direct path from deferred action to lawful permanent residence or to citizenship.

The DACA Community Clinic is a product of a unique collaboration between Centro Hispano, Jewish Social Services, Catholic Multicultural Center, RISE Law Center and Joining Forces for Families. It is made possible by funding through the City Council and the City of Madison.

For more information, contact Lourdes Godinez, (608)442-4013