Frontera Fund and DACA

What is DACA? DACA stands for Deferred Action for childhood arrivals, whose goal it is to provide undocumented youth meeting certain prerequisites a break from deportation, a social security number, and the opportunity to work in the U.S. for two years. This program also allows for earning a driver’s license and paying in-state tuition fees for educational programs. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxon released a letter to the Trump administration asking them to end the DACA program by September 5th, with a threat of legal action if their demands are not met. 9 attorney generals and one governor of a red state signed the document.

95% of DACA beneficiaries work or study and perhaps do both. They improve their earnings and pay higher taxes. They contribute funds to colleges and universities throughout the United States. DACA beneficiaries also buy homes and cars, and start businesses. The requirements for DACA are the following: under 31 years old as of June 15th, 2012, you lived in the U.S. before your 16th birthday, you have lived in the U.S. since June 15th, 2007 until the present, and you were physically in the U.S. on June 15th, 2012. Also, requirements include the fact you came to the United States without documents before June 15th, 2012, or legal status expired June 15th, 2012.

Also, other requirements to be DACA feature the fact that the individual must be studying and graduating from high school or earning a certificate of completion from high school or a GED, or honorable discharge from the Coast Guard or military. It is recommended that individuals who are qualified for DACA apply with an attorney. Required documents include: G-28 – Notice of Entry of Appearance As Attorney (Optional), G-1145 – E-Notification (Optional), Form I-821D – Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; Form I-765 – Application for a Work Permit; and Form I-765WS – Worksheet with explication on why a DACA recipient needs to work. Other requirements include a need to submit the application, background check and fingerprints. Final steps involve receiving a letter asking for additional information called a request for evidence or a final decision.

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