Deferred Action & DACA

In July of 2012, President Obama announced a temporary form of immigration protection called "deferred action" to individuals who meet certain requirements. Community members who are granted deferred action are also eligible to obtain employment authorization.

What is DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program helps undocumented young people (who meet certain requirements) gain temporary immigration protections, including a work permit and protection from deportation. NWIRP holds free workshops in Wenatchee and Seattle to help explain the requirements of the DACA program and help young people apply.

How NWIRP Helps

NWIRP holds workshops to help explain the DACA program's requirements, what documentation is required and even provides screenings for community members interested in applying for the program. Our workshops provide assistance for qualified applicants who choose to apply even if they cannot afford private representation.

For more information on the DACA program and how to determine if you are eligible, please click here.

Guadalupe's Story


DACA allows me to pursue my education without the fear of being deported.



I was born in Mexico, but have been in the United States since I was only 6 months old. Even though I have been in the US nearly my whole life, I am undocumented.

As a child I dreamed of becoming a surgeon, but because of my status I thought'd it'd be impossible for me to go to college, let alone afford the cost.

I found out about Northwest Immigrant Rights Project around the time that the DACA program was announced. NWIRP gave me the opportunity to have my DACA application reviewed by someone who knows the law and could give me the assurance that everything was done right.

I am so excited that this new program allows me to go to college without the fear of being deported.