On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that gave hope to undocumented parents whose children were born in the United States and therefore have permanent residency. The Deferred Action for Parent Arrivals (DAPA) protects more than 4.5 million immigrants, allowing them three years of employment authorization and the ability to obtain a driver’s license and Social Security number, both of which had been unreachable since the end of the Clinton era.
Sadly, many American-born children continue to live in constant fear of their parents being deported. For an immigrant with no papers, something as simple as getting pulled over for a broken tailgate can result in a court date and possible detention. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has 72 hours to hold a person for possible deportation.
There have been challenges to Obama’s executive order, including an injunction by a conservative judge who ruled that Obama exceeded his executive authority by creating DAPA and DACA 2, which moves the date for undocumented children up by three years. The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on the status of DAPA in June of 2016.
The upcoming Presidential election will have a significant impact on this issue and how it will impact families of Hispanic immigrants.
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