Even though the ‘Dream Act’, a proposal for a migratory solution for young adults never came true, after ten years of struggles, a lukewarm solution, Deferred Action is presented.
At www.uscis.gov/portal/, one can read the following: “ Deferred action is a discretionary determination to defer removal action of an individual as an act of prosecutorial discretion. Deferred action does not provide an individual with lawful status.
On June 15, 2012 the people rejoiced when the policy was announced. The guidelines to apply were released on August 15, 2012. It is estimated that more than 1.7 million could apply for deferral. Nevertheless, not everyone who could, has been applying.
The basic guidelines indicate that the individual must have arrived before their 16 birthday, have been present in US for the last 5 years, are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety, and were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
It sounds easy and straightforward. Yet so far about 180,000 applications have been processed and 4600 have been granted approval.
What happened to all the others? I only know that it takes courage to go through this application process, especially under the current political climate.
Not only have they given all their personal and family information, they have been fingerprinted and they do not know if after the election they may continue enjoying the results of their struggle.
They may continue to enjoy a two-year deferral if the current administration continues with the program. Even though one of the promises is that it may be renewed after two years, it is not guaranteed that it will happen.
Romney has said: "The people who have received the special visa that the president has put in place, which is a two-year visa, should expect that the visa would continue to be valid." Romney also said. "I'm not going to take something that they've purchased.”
For Romney the Dreamers are not courageous young people who dare to come forward demanding a solution to their migratory status. They have earned the right to be here, with their grades, their lives and their actions. Even though for many immigrant familias it is one more financial challenge, it certainly was not a for sale procedure.
It takes courage to risk all for their desire to remain as active members of the US society. It takes courage to be the first ones in the line, showing others the way to a path that was opened through their efforts.
Currently we honor the people from the past who dared fight for dignity and freedom. The Dreamers must be honored for their present and equally outstanding struggle for a better country.
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