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A Step In The Right Direction: Deferred Action

Deferred Action is a bill that was passed by Obama that allows undocumented youth to be eligible for work authorization as of June 15, 2012. They are able to apply for deferred action if they can meet the following guidelines; If an undocumented immigrant came to the United States before his or her 16th birthday, continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007. Is under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and entered without inspection before June 15, 2012 or their lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012. The undocumented immigrant needs to be currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from US high school. An individual cannot have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor. Lastly an individual applying must be present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS.

I believe this is a good first step in helping undocumented youth but it does not resolve all the problems that the Dream Act resolves. The deferred action does not address the issue of undocumented youth wanting to go to college. There is no financial aid and there is scarcely any scholarship available to them. Undocumented immigrants are receiving little to no benefits. Undocumented immigrants pay sales tax federal and state tax just like citizen but the only difference is that they do not receive any benefits. A Hispanic woman in East Harlem works in a restaurant. She gets paid ten dollars a day for ten hours and gets two days off a month. This broke my heart that individuals will look the other way to insure a cheap labor force. I continue to push for change. I continue to push for immigration reform.  I continue to push for the Dream Act.

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