Ten years ago, the Obama Administration passed legislation that would allow certain immigrants to remain in the country without the fear of deportation. This applied to individuals brought into the country as children, known as Dreamers. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act also gave permission for those individuals to legally obtain employment. While this was a positive step for many in Louisiana, there are some Dreamers still caught in legal limbo.
A temporary solution for a long-term problem
DACA was intended to be a temporary solution that would provide some relief to those who were brought into the United States at a young age. The program provided education and job opportunities for many, but other Dreamers remain without a clear immigration path to follow. The situation is even more precarious for some as immigration laws changed significantly under the last presidential administration.
Dreamers are required to renew their status every two years, a process that can be complex and expensive. Even after regularly renewing their status, many in this program are unsure if they could ever become citizens. Because of legal challenges, there are approximately 80,000 Dreamers whose applications remain on hold.
Fighting for the best outcome
The immigration process is both frustrating and overwhelming, especially for Dreamers who are unsure of what to do next. Immigrants in Louisiana will benefit from seeking legal guidance regarding how they can protect themselves from the threat of deportation. They may also find it beneficial to learn about how they may be able to secure permanent status or follow the path to citizenship.