Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Daca
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA
A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION!
Nearly a half a million people have already applied for Deferred Action and more are applying everyday. The wait time is now upwards of 6-8 months for a person to hear whether they will be approved for an employment authorization and the comfort of knowing that they will not be targeted for deportation to a country that many are unfamiliar with and do not even recall residing there.
Deferred Action has been a blessing to many undocumented immigrants who meet the criteria and simply want to obtain lawful employment and live peacefully in this country, a country they have always considered their home.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, was signed into effect by executive order from President Obama, partly in response to the failure to get immigration reform through Congress during his
first term. Immigration Attorneys nationwide are lobbying for better success with the current reform making its way through Congress. So far, more than a quarter of a million immigrants ages 15 to 30 have been approved for deferred action since the program began last August, according to the latest figures from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Another 200,000 or so have applied and are waiting for the government’s response.
Coming up with the filing fee of $465 to pay for the work permit and another $85 fingerprinting requirement fee is often an obstacle for many. There is also the requirement that applicants show continuous residence since 2007, graduation from a United States school and a virtually clean record without any crimes of moral turpitude. There is also the application itself which can be daunting for some. Still, there are potentially millions still eligible for this form of immigration relief and have yet to take advantage of it. It is surely worth the effort to save and do the research in order to have all the requirements met.
While there is possible immigration reform on the horizon, young immigrants should still take part in this immigration relief. It does not provide a path to citizenship, however; it does provide a path to legal employment and peace of mind in knowing that your undocumented status is no longer. Our youth deserve this opportunity and President Obama has afforded a way to show our youth that they will no longer be ignored or recognized as assets to this country. Undocumented or documented, we cannot give up on the future of our nation. Immigrants are a huge source of this country’s prosperous future. It was the basis for this country and USC’s should never forget this. Its time we recognize this and provide our youth with opportunities to develop and contribute to this country as our own ancestors were once provided.
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