11,000 DREAMers in NC Have Applied for DACA

Millions of undocumented immigrants in America, who had always been dreaming for a better future are now applying for deferred action. This program implemented by President Obama in August, will defer the deportation of young undocumented immigrants who meet the prerequisites. Thousands of undocumented immigrants from various American states are filing their applications and few of them have also received deferred action. Around 11,000 undocumented immigrants in North Carolina have filed their deferred action applications, so far.

USCIS has received more number of deferred action applications from California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina. North Carolina is in the sixth place followed by Georgia and Virginia. USCIS has already received more than 300,000 deferred action requests from undocumented immigrants, nationwide. USCIS has approved and granted deferred action to around 53,000 undocumented immigrants and it has rejected more than 10,000 applications, for various reasons.

Lupita Cabrera, an undocumented immigrant, was brought to the United States when she was only 8 months old. She has filed her deferred action application and is sure that she will receive deferred action. Deferred action policy implemented by the president is not a permanent relief and it will only allow the undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the country. However, the recipients of deferred action need not worry about deportation for two long years. Besides, undocumented immigrants who receive deferred action can apply for and get driver’s licenses.

To become eligible for deferred action, an undocumented immigrant must satisfy few prerequisites and he must be between 15 and 31 years of age. He must be in school or must be a high school graduate. However, people with criminal backgrounds may not be granted deferred action. Applicants must go through background checks and applicants with serious criminal backgrounds are likely to be deported. Cabrera says that she meets all the eligibility requirements for deferred action and that she is hoping to live and work lawfully in America. There are more than 1.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, like Cabrera, who are dreaming for a better future.