DACA: What Next? A community information session to be held at Chhaya CDC’s offices in Jackson Heights, New York

Jackson Heights, NY: September 20th, 2017 – We are pleased to announce that Chhaya CDC will be hosting a community conversation and information session with partners New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and renowned immigration lawyer, Cyrus D. Mehta. The session will not only address the concerns of DACA recipients, who wish to get up-to-date information on the future of DACA, but community members who seek to connect to city and statewide advocacy efforts to protect DACA.

The President’s decision to end DACA came as a shock to many of us whose friends, neighbors, and classmates gained stability and a path to citizenship as a result of this policy. “We believe it is a disgrace to our collective immigrant heritage and our guiding principles as a nation to turn our backs on young people who just want to work, study, and live their lives without the fear of deportation or harassment in the country they identify as home,” stated Annetta Seecharran, executive director of Chhaya CDC.

“Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA means that September 5th, 2017 will be remembered as a dark day in our nation’s history,” said Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition. “America will not be safer or richer by depriving nearly one million young people of their liberty, tearing away 700,000 workers from our labor force or robbing the U.S. economy of $460 billion in GDP.  This is a senseless and self-defeating act which flies in the face of the principles that truly make America great: opportunity and justice for all.”

This evening’s information session will include a Know Your Rights component for DACA recipients, and guidelines for community members to help pass a clean DREAM Act.


Chhaya Community Development Corporation is an anti-poverty non-profit organization based in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York.  Founded in 2000, Chhaya CDC is the only HUD approved housing counseling agency with South Asian language capacity in the nation. Chhaya – a Sanskrit word meaning “shelter or shade”aims to protect, preserve and promote affordable housing in New York City’s low-to-moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods.

The New York Immigration Coalition is an umbrella policy and advocacy organization for nearly 200 groups in New York State that work with immigrants and refugees.The NYIC aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all by promoting immigrants’ full civic participation, fostering their leadership, and providing a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Cyrus Mehta is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cyrus D. Mehta & Partners, PLLC (CDMP). He represents corporations and individuals from around the world in business and employment immigration, family immigration, consular matters, naturalization, federal court litigation and asylum. He also advises lawyers on ethical issues.  Based on 20 years of experience in immigration law, he is able to comprehend all kinds of problems and provide effective, ethical and strategic solutions to his clients. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where he teaches a course, Immigration and Work.

Media Contacts:

Kay Grigar, Chhaya CDC

kay@chhayacdc.org, (718) 478-3848
Siobhan Dingwall, The New York Immigration Coalition
sdingwall@nyic.org, (212) 627-2227 ext. 235