Rise In Deferred Action
Many children that arrive to the U.S. without proper documentation and are raised in the here face the everyday concern of being deported to a country that they don't call home.
The dream act may have not passed but some unauthorized immigrants still have hope to work or go to school in the U.S.
The Dream Act did not pass,a bill that would provide permanent residency to people who arrived to the u-s as minors and graduated,many are now turning to Deferred Action a temporary two-year permit for students but it doesn't give them status or residency.
Immigration Attorney Nelly Vielma says, "well there was an increase of course when it came out but there was a lot of people hesitant pending the result of the election so I think now that they see immigration reform is imminent, they might come forward and apply and not be so afraid of what the future will hold."
The reason Vielma says many are so hesitant is because many immigrants that have lived in the country for more then ten years don't realize they have rights.
"One of these student got stopped by the police, he didn't have his ID so the border patrol went ahead and stopped him they were about to deport him until the Mexican consulate intervened. We were able to advise him he had a right to to through court he had a right to apply for DECA and also he was recently let go on Monday by the ICE Agent he was in the process of being deported.
Many in the community agree that children brought to the u-s as children should get a chance to work or go to school.
"I think they should have programs like that to support children getting in the us properly but we have a system were they can get in legally and have everything straightened out."
"We cant impose the same thing on the children who have grown in the particular country," and although deferred action has helped some it isn't enough.
"I think it's just a patch for now but we are hoping for a comprehensive immigration reform."