The Mission Asset Fund wants to make sure that DACA recipients whose DACA status expires before March 5, 2018 have the money they need to renew by Oct. 5, 2017. The average cost for a DACA renewal application is $495 and a renewal allows for DACA status to be valid for two years. Renewing now will allow some to have DACA until 2019. However, $495 out-of-pocket out of nowhere can be hard for many young people to come up with so MAF has raised funds to help 2,000 recipients renew their DACA. Just 24 hours after announcing the fund, 1,000 applications were submitted and in just two days $1 million were raised by funders and supporters.
“We quickly, in learning about the Trump administration’s decision to wind down DACA over the next 6 months, saw that there was an opportunity to help DREAMers still. Those are the ones who’s DACA status is going to expire within the next 6 months so they can apply for renewal and have an assurance of protection for the next two years,” José Quiñonez, the CEO of MAF says. “When we realized that we could step up and help those DACA recipients now, we didn’t think much of it. Within two days of issuing a call to our funders and supporters to help us with this fund, we were able to raise a little bit over $1 million to fully fund scholarships for up to 2,000 applicants. We are trying to fundraise for more money because there is a need out there.”
If you want to apply through MAF, visit lc4daca.org. MAF’s DACA renewal fund is a national fund.