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Introduction:DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a policy that has had a significant impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in the United States. Created in 2012, it provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. In this blog post, we will explore the rights and benefits available to recipients in the United States.
- Protection from Deportation
The primary benefit of it is protection from deportation. Recipients are granted a period of deferred action, typically for two years, during which they are not a priority for removal from the United States. This means that as long as they meet the program’s requirements and do not engage in criminal activity, they can live and work in the U.S. without the constant fear of deportation.
- Work Authorization
Recipients are eligible to apply for work authorization, allowing them to obtain legal employment in the United States. This provides them with the opportunity to pursue their education, find stable employment, and contribute to the U.S. economy.
- Social Security Number
Upon approval of their DACA application, recipients receive a Social Security number. This enables them to open bank accounts, obtain driver’s licenses (in many states), and pay taxes just like any other U.S. resident.
- Access to Education
Recipients have the right to access education in the United States. They can attend public schools, colleges, and universities, making it possible for them to pursue their educational aspirations and career goals.
- Driver’s Licenses and State Benefits
Many states in the U.S. grant driver’s licenses and certain state benefits, such as in-state tuition rates for colleges and universities, to DACA recipients. These benefits vary by state, so it’s important to check the specific regulations in your state.
- Travel with Advance Parole
While it recipients cannot generally travel outside the United States, there is an option called “advance parole” that allows for international travel in specific circumstances, such as for educational, employment, or humanitarian purposes. Travel under advance parole is, however, subject to approval by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
- Renewal of DACA Status
Its status is not permanent, and recipients must renew their status every two years to maintain their protections, work authorization, and other benefits. It’s crucial to file for renewal well before the expiration date to avoid any lapses in status.
- Advocacy and Legal Support
Recipients have the right to seek legal counsel and advocacy support if they encounter difficulties with their status or face any issues related to their immigration status. Various organizations and legal aid providers offer assistance to DACA recipients.
Conclusion:DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
DACA has provided a lifeline to countless young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and call this country their home. Understanding the rights and benefits available to DACA recipients is essential for those in the program. While DACA offers temporary relief, recipients can work, study, and live without the immediate threat of deportation. It’s important to stay informed about any changes in immigration policies and seek legal advice when necessary to ensure that DACA status remains valid and protected. DACA recipients continue to make significant contributions to their communities and the nation as a whole, embodying the American Dream and the promise of a brighter future for all.