A pro-immigrant sign at a rally in San Ysidro. REUTERS/Mike Blake

One of San Diego’s most-respected social service organizations is offering a free workshop Wednesday to help DACA recipients — the Dreamers — extend their protection from deportation.

The nearly century-old nonprofit Jewish Family Service of San Diego said it is hosting the workshop to carry out the Jewish tradition of “welcoming the stranger.”

President Trump has ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which covered individuals who immigrated to the United States as children, but some recipients whose applications expire on or before March 5 can renew them by Oct. 5.

The workshop is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the JFS Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus at 8788 Balboa Avenue in Kearny Mesa

Immigration attorneys, Justice Department representatives and JFS staff will assist DACA recipients with eligibility screenings, application assistance, review and mailing. Applicants should bring the following:

  • California driver’s license
  • Copy of initial DACA application
  • Social Security card
  • Work authorization card
  • Court certified disposition of actions, if any
  • Check or money order made payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” for $495. However, JFS may cover the fee for eligible low-income DACA applicants.

This event is free but attendees may register beforehand by calling 858-637-3046 or visiting www.jfssd.org.

Since the inception of DACA in 2012, JFS has assisted with more than 250 applications and renewals.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.