On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain undocumented young people who were brought to the U.S. through no fault of their own may qualify for deportation relief. In 2012, Baylor Law Professor Laura Hernández established the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Immigration Clinic to assist qualified individuals with the application process. Through the clinic, Professor Hernández, adjunct faculty member and Baylor Lawyer Susan Nelson, JD '90, and numerous Baylor law and undergraduate students volunteer to assist Waco area residents with their immigration needs. This effort began on August 29, 2012, by hosting Catholic Charities as it provided information about the DACA application process and performed free screenings for potential applicants.
Over 150 members of the Central Texas community were counseled by lawyers and/or BIA certified advisors on the DACA application process. Those who met the initial screening requirements for the DACA application process were scheduled for further assistance at the clinic in September and October. Approximately 120 applications were completed with the assistance of thirty-five law students and twenty-two undergraduate students who volunteered their time for the clinic.
Due to the resounding success of the August 2012 clinic, Baylor Law School held additional DACA Immigration Clinics in March and April 2013. Approximately 40 applications were completed with the assistance of twenty-eight law students and seventeen undergraduate students.
In the Fall of 2014, the Immigration Clinic helped with 11 initial applications and 35 renewals with the assistance of 24 law students, 5 graduate students, and 7 undergraduate students who volunteered to help with this clinic. The Baylor Law Immigration Clinic continues it's service through today. To date, the clinic has served hundreds of individuals with immigration legal matters.
In addition to DACA related immigration matters, the Baylor Law Immigration Clinic will also expand its activities in accordance with any additional immigration reform efforts.
The Baylor Law Immigration Clinic can help with DACA Renewal applications (DACA initial applications are no longer accepted). If your DACA status expired on or after Sept. 5, 2016 or expires within the next 5 months, you are eligible for renewal. Please call 254-710-4244 to set up an appointment. SERVICES ARE FREE.
*Clinic will be held Thursday evenings at 5:00 – 7:00 pm until further notice.
Walk-ins accepted if time permits, to ensure assistance call for an appointment.
Services are offered for free but an appointment must be made to receive help. Appointments can be made by calling 254-710-4244 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.