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Former North Miami High valedictorian renews DACA

In out last post we mentioned that it has been two years since the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program commenced. While many people probably have a vague idea about what the program is about, it is possible that they may not know anyone who is involved in the program. In this post we will tell you about how the program has impacted a former valedictorian from North Miami High.

The now 20 year old, who is originally from Columbia, grew up in Miami-Dade County. She was only 4 years old when she came to the United States. Upon graduating from high school she moved on to attend Dartmouth College. She was the first young person to be granted a stay under the DACA and with the assistance of an immigration lawyer was likewise the first to receive a renewal of that original stay.

As a result of that renewal, the sophomore at Dartmouth will be allowed to continue her studies in anthropology and biology.

While current beneficiaries of the program apply for renewals, some lawmakers are looking to do away with the program completely. Earlier this month the House took action to eliminate the act, passing a bill to that effect. While what will happen with that bill in the future is not clear, one immigration lawyer predicts that lawmaker action is not likely to get rid of the act as even if the Senate passes the bill the president would clearly not sign it.

As those who currently are protected by the DACA continue to renew their applications it is likely they will seek assistance from an immigration lawyer. In almost any immigration matter this is the best way to make sure the process is followed correctly.

Source: The Miami Herald, “Undocumented college student gets 2-year reprieve to stay in U.S.,” Ann Choi,  Aug. 6, 2014

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