Make the Road New York is a nonprofit organization that offers legal assistance, education, community organizing and policy innovation services to the immigrant community. While they have focused some of their efforts on a legal fight against Hanen’s decision, they also have begun to provide emotional support for the people who have been directly affected.
“With this new ruling, what we have been doing is providing a lot of community spaces and support for our staff at Make the Road, but also our members and members of the communities that really just need to be in space with other folks that are in the same situation that they are in,” said Yaritza Mendez, the co-organizing director at Make the Road New York. “We actually had a session with a social worker last Thursday, just to be able to process the decision Hanen made.”
Mendez said a lot of people have come to Make the Road in search of answers. Hanen’s decision does not affect current DACA recipients – although DACA’s status only lasts for two years before the holder needs to renew. For people who were in the process of applying or looking to apply in the near future, the waters can look murky.
“We have a large number of folks that are in limbo, wanting to take advantage of being benefited by the program,” Mendez said. “And now it’s just back in square one.”