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Looking at DACA 2 years in

Over the course of the last two years the lives of many individuals living in the country without proper documentation have been improved as a result of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy which President Barack Obama was responsible for. With the first group gearing up to renew their DACA status, a report recently published looked at the specifics surrounding the number of people choosing to take advantage of it. The report was issued by the Migration Policy Institute. 

As a brief refresher, those who apply and qualify for the program may find that they are eligible to do the following:

  • Work legally
  • Open bank accounts
  • Apply for driver’s licenses

As they do these things they do not need to fear deportation. In addition to more than half of the people accepted receiving new jobs, close to half also reported making higher wages.

The report determined that of the pool of eligible applicants, 55 percent have applied for the program. In the state of Florida, that number is lower—39 percent. These numbers reflect that many could potentially benefit from the program. A major reason why these individuals may not have applied is that they do not meet the education or language requirement. Obtaining the education and language skills necessary to meet the program’s requirement could greatly impact its effectiveness.

Because the immigration system is complicated, anyone with this or any other immigration matter would likely benefit from working with an immigration lawyer. Such an individual can help determine the best course of action to obtain one’s goals.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Two Years After DACA, A 'Mixed Picture',” Marina Fang, Aug. 6, 2014

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