Mario ColacinoCrimmigrationProfessor WilsonDecember 13th 2019Final PaperCurrently, there are 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States; 6million of those immigrants are Mexican-born (Preston). Within that undocumented populationsare individuals who were brought to the States as children. These individuals have grown up inthe American culture and consider themselves American, but struggle with being treated assecond class citizens due to their undocumented status. On June fifteenth of 2012, the ObamaAdministration announced the executive order Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).This order will allow immigrants who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children to apply forwork permits and avoid deportation (Hennessey and Bennett). President Obama’s DeferredAction for Childhood Arrivals is not only beneficial to its applicants but also the United States asa whole.For an individual to be considered for deferred action, they must meet variousrequirements. Applicants must be under the age of 31, have entered the country before his or hersixtieth birthday, and have lived in the States for a minimum of five years (It's an immigrationwinner). Besides, individuals must be enrolled in school or have a certificate of completion fromhigh school, as well as be free of any felony charges (It's an immigration winner). Individualswho served in the U.S. military can also apply for consideration (It's an immigration winner).Applicants must submit documents to demonstrate that they meet the required guidelines. Thesedocuments include but are not limited to birth certificates, passports, school records, medicalrecords and employment records (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). As of today, 638,054individuals have applied for deferred action; of those applicants, 521,815 individuals have beenapproved - with Mexico being the top country of origin (Department of Homeland Security).When applicants are granted deferred action, their lives take a turn for the better. Theseindividuals no longer have to live in fear of deportation, which was the primary purpose behindthe executive order. By not having that constant worry on their shoulders, these individuals aremore willing and determined to set out and achieve their goals. For individuals who haveattained degrees, they can now put those hard-earned years of education to work. The DACApolicy legally allows these individuals to be employed in the States. As for individuals currentlyearning their degrees, they have the confidence of knowing that they will be able to gainemployment in their dream occupation. Also, these individuals can enjoy the benefits certainstates permit them. In California, for example, approved applicants can obtain a driver’s license.
Such benefits vary from state to state. None the less, approved applicants are decriminalized foran act they had no control over and can attain rights that are necessary to live a peaceful life.