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  • Edición impresa de Diciembre 2, 2014

There is much to be thankful about. El Puente joins the voices of many others who have followed the immigrants’ struggle. We rejoice with the dream come true for many of them.

Above all we are thankful for the many immigrants and advocates that never gave up and turned every step into a victory of resilience. Their strength came from the communities that everyday dared to be vocal about their situation and fearlessly called people to dialogue.

Many groups can be mentioned throughout the nation. At times the styles were different, but all of them were looking to benefit the greatest possible number of people.

Obama’s new executive action, even though only a temporary solution, nevertheless is the opportunity for many individuals to have some semblance of normality in their daily living.

Some of the ones benefiting from the new executive action are the DREAMers. Expanding DACA will cover additional DREAMers. Under the initial DACA program, young people who had been in the U.S. for at least five years, came as children, and met specific education and public safety criteria were eligible for temporary relief from deportation so long as they were born after 1981 and entered the country before June 15, 2007.  DHS is expanding DACA so that individuals who were brought to this country as children can apply if they entered before January 1, 2010, regardless of how old they are today.  Going forward, DACA relief will also be granted for three years.

It also allows parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who have been present in the country since January 1, 2010, to request deferred action and employment authorization for three years in a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program, provided they pass required background checks.

It should be noted that these initiatives have not yet been implemented, and USCIS is not accepting any requests or applications at this time.

According to the government page, even though no applications can be submitted at this time, people can prepare by gathering documents that establish identity, relationship to a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident and verifies continuous residence in the united States over the last five years or more.

A word of advice to anyone who seeks information or action on this executive action is to look for accredited places that handle these cases and that will inform you of any changes. In this edition we are publishing several sources of information both at federal and local level.

This is only one step. The struggle continues as advocates and immigrants look for stable permanent status that will give them a clear path to residency and citizenship.

It is known that there are other categories like TPS, granted to Central Americans, who have lived for 15 or more years with the ambiguous temporary status. It is time for them and the young people under Deferred Action, to receive a permanent status.

People who have received the temporary status, like the one offered now, have proven their case in the community. They have been working, studying and paying taxes; isn’t that what regular resident and citizens do? The temporary status should be just a step to move into a permanent status once the individual has proven their contribution to society.

Once more we affirm how grateful we are for the partial solution now, but we look forward to a time in which people can feel free and at ease in the country they have called their own.

 


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