DACA Now: Returning To Mexico For The First Time In 17 Years

By Juan Ramirez

On June 2012, President Barack Obama signed into policy the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also known as DACA. The policy provides a work permit and exemption from deportation that is renewable every two years to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. under the age of 16.

Former OPB news intern Juan Ramirez obtained a deportation deferral and was able to apply for “advance parole” — a permit that lets non-legal residents be paroled back into the U.S. — so he could travel to visit his sick father. Ramirez returned to Mexico this past fall for the first time in almost two decades.

Read his story.

What It’s Like To Be College-Bound And Worried About Your Immigration Status

Chelsea Beck/NPR

Chelsea Beck/NPR

Mayte Lara Ibarra and Larissa Martinez had just finished their senior year of high school when they each decided to go public with their immigration status. Both Texas students came to the U.S. illegally, and they didn’t want to keep that fact a secret any longer.

Ibarra identified herself on Twitter as one of the 65,000 undocumented youth who graduate high school in the U.S. Martinez revealed her status in the commencement speech she delivered at graduation.

An anxious election season for DACA cardholders

Francisco Salcido, 22, is a typical student who holds down a job and attends college. But his life — along with thousands of others —could change dramatically after the November presidential election. He is an undocumented immigrant with a renewable two-year work visa and deportation deferral called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

“I just can’t think of what would happen if my DACA got taken away,” he said.

Asian Journal: AAPI communities urged to apply to DACA

There are more than 152,000 Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

However, less than 15 percent of eligible AAPIs actually apply for the program. Moreover, nine out of every 10 AAPI who are currently eligible to request DACA have not done so.

LA Times Op-Ed: Take the immigration fight to the states


By Karthick Ramakrishnan and Pratheepan Gulasekaram

Undocumented immigrants were dealt a major setback last week. After a coalition of conservative states sued the Obama administration over its plans to grant deportation relief to the parents of American citizens, the Supreme Court deadlocked on whether or not to lift a lower court’s injunction on the program. The case of United States v. Texas will now go back to the lower court, where the fate of Obama’s executive action looks unfavorable.

The ‘Dreamers’ Obama spared from deportation: What are they dreaming about?

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske

They were born in another country but raised in this one, and that has made them culturally, linguistically – but not legally American.

When President Obama used executive action to create the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program four years ago, this was the group he was seeking to protect. They were, for the most part, children whose parents came to this country illegally, and either brought them along or sent for them later. Many had no recollection of their home country, spoke English, and argued that they should be given the rights and privileges of the only country they really knew, including temporary two-year work permits.

Conservatives argued that Obama had overstepped the bounds of executive power and had infringed on states’ rights. They objected to the idea of rewarding families who were, no matter how talented or well-meaning, in blatant violation of immigration law.

Read the full story here.