Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

“The Community College of Rhode Island stands proudly and firmly in support of our community members and their families who may be affected by the potential revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At CCRI, equity and inclusion are at the core of our community’s values. Last fall, our college joined more than 600 colleges and universities in signing a letter supporting the DACA program. Today, we reaffirm our passionate commitment to equity, to inclusion, and to all members of our CCRI community.”

CCRI President, Meghan Hughes (2017)

What's New
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients in Rhode Island are now a step closer to a better future.

On June 18, 2018, Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill (H7982, S2678), sponsored by Representative Shelby Maldonado and Senator Michael McCaffrey, that guarantees DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients the ability to apply for drivers licenses in the state of Rhode Island.

Issuance of license

(b) The division of motor vehicles shall issue an operator's or chauffeur's license pursuant to this chapter to every qualifying applicant, including, but not limited to, any current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, provided any applicant subject to the DACA program shall provide evidence of having received said grant from the United States Citizen and Immigration Services.

Although DACA Recipients can obtain their drivers licenses, they are not allowed to vote in the state of Rhode Island according to this amendment.

“(n) Issuance of a Rhode Island operator's license under this chapter to a current or past recipient of a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA) programs shall not confer the right to vote in the state of Rhode Island”.

Community Resources

DORCAS International Institute of Rhode Island:

645 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI | (401) 784-8600 | M-F, 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Dorcas International Institute is a non-profit agency providing services to the immigrant and refugee community of Rhode Island. DIIRI has a staff of attorneys and accredited caseworkers who are trained and experienced in all areas of immigration procedures, including DACA requests.

Rhode Island Bar Association Lawyer Services

Volunteer Lawyer Program

The Rhode Island Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program (VLP) provides pro bono (free) legal services to qualified low-income Rhode Islanders. Participating attorneys provide legal assistance, at no charge. The client’s income must qualify under federally regulated guidelines to receive pro bono assistance, and the case must fall under one of the areas of law handled by the VLP. Clients may be responsible for filing fees, court costs and other out-of-pocket expenses.

401-421-7758 or 1-800-339-7758,

Lawyer Referral Service

The Rhode Island Bar Association has a Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) to refer competent and reliable lawyers. Under the LRS plan, a lawyer will consult with you, up to a half hour, free of charge. If additional legal work is recommended, you can decide whether to continue and discuss the lawyer’s fees. Reduced fee and legal assistance is available for those who qualify under federally regulated income guidelines. If your initial contact cannot handle your problem, you may request an additional referral.


Other External Resources
Institution Location Telephone Other Contact
Immigration Clinic At Roger Williams University School of Law 1 Empire Plaza Providence, RI 401-276-4880
Progresso Latino 626 Broad Street Central Falls, RI 401-728-5920
Diocese of Providence 1 Cathedral Square Providence, RI 401-421-7833 ext.229
Sojourner House 386 Smith Street Providence, RI 02908 401-861-6191

Counseling Center

Free confidential counseling is available for students through the College’s Advising and Counseling Center.

Knight Campus, Room 1054

Flanagan Campus, Rooms 1130-1133 & 1233

Liston Campus, Room 1145

Newport Campus, Rooms 143-145 & 147

EMPLOYEES: Free assistance is available for employees through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It is a confidential, professional resource for persons needing information, assessment, and referral to counseling or other resources within their community. For more information, or to access this benefit, contact EAP at 1-866-248-4094, or log on to www.livingandworkwell.comAccess code: RhodeIsland.

Last Updated: 12/10/18