Why Should I Apply For DACA?

Ever since the Obama administration introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012, many people have wondered whether it is something they should apply for. With many families nervous about being "in the system" and the risks of coming out of the shadows, it is important to know what DACA can offer — and just how important it can be for young men and women as well as their families.

DACA Can Take The Fear Out Of Your Everyday Life

Too many people live with the daily fear that a simple traffic stop or encounter with a police officer on the street can result in an arrest and removal proceedings. When someone has to live in fear for year after year, the effects can be devastating.

DACA can unburden eligible young men and women because it effectively says that they are the lowest priority for immigration officials. When someone has spent his or her entire life in the U.S., gone to school, contributed to society and poses no threat to safety, the government has decided that its resources can be better used somewhere else. Deferred action allows people to know that, while they wait for the opportunity to change their immigration status, they will not have to live in fear.

DACA Gives Formal Work Authorization

Although it does not grant any formal legal immigration status, DACA does authorize people to work in the United States. This is important for anyone who needs to provide for themselves and/or their families. DACA recipients may be eligible for a travel permit. Those who have been granted deferred action can apply for a reentry permit to travel abroad and lawfully reenter the United States.

Without work authorization, many children of immigrants have found themselves unable to find a job, or only work jobs that pay bare wages under the table. Young adults with deferred action can look for higher quality, higher paying jobs to make life for themselves and their families better.

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