In a move that has me excited to be in a position to help immigrants, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has released official details about the new deferred action policy.
In the past I have had mixed feelings about those who “jump the line”. In a black and white world, it just isn’t fair to those who waited to get their “number called” to be allowed entry into the country. That was before I met the people who make up my days at my day gig. With the USCIS giving official details, I am better equipped to assist those who have lived in the shadows for so long.
Beginning February 18, the Executive Action that President Obama spoke about many moons ago becomes a reality. For those who are not sure how to prepare, check this primer I wrote about the president’s order.
United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, has made it part of their mission to educate undocumented immigrants about the new policy. Like me, they are just as excited to implement the program.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service agency today released official details about the Executive Action on Immigration announced by the President. Over 600,000 young people are already protected from deportation and hold work permits because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and the policy’s expansion means that hundreds of thousands more will qualify.
Juan Carlos Ramos, a United We Dream leader from North Carolina who will qualify for the new program said,
“I wasn’t eligible for DACA when it was announced in 2012 because I came to the U.S. in 2008, but according to the new details released today, I know that I now qualify. Having had the fear of being processed by immigration agents before, I can’t believe that I’m actually close to living without the fear of being deported.
“I’ll now be able to work and better support my parents, drive them around to make sure they are safe as well. Even though it’s not permanent, we know that it changes the way we live every day. I can look forward to continue my education and to achieve my dream of one day becoming an architect.”
Myrna Orozco,Deputy Director of United We Dream’s Own the Dream campaign said,
“We’re ready. Official details from USCIS are out and Monday begins United We Dream’s “DACA Week”, with events that will help people sign up across the country and online. Immigrant youth and our legal partners are ready to make our community’s victory real. But community members should be careful to not fall for scams as USCIS isn’t accepting applications yet.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 53 local groups and more than 120,000 members. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status, sexual orientation or gender identity. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants.
You can find more about UWD online at www.unitedwedream.org.