The Dreamers of DACA

Before you decide on which side of the DACA controversy you stand, you should look at the criteria a person must meet to be eligible for the program.

Individuals who meet the following criteria can apply for deferred action for childhood arrivals:

-are under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012;
-came to the U.S. while under the age of 16;
-have continuously resided in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 to
the present. (For purposes of calculating this five year period,
brief and innocent absences from the United States for
humanitarian reasons will not be included);
-entered the U.S. without inspection or fell out of lawful visa
status before June 15, 2012;
-were physically present in the United States on June 15,
2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration
of deferred action with USCIS;
-are currently in school, have graduated from high school,
have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged
from the Coast Guard or armed forces;
have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant
misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind;
and
-do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Applicants will have to provide documentary evidence of the above criteria. In addition, every applicant must complete and pass a biographic and biometric background check.

While these people did come to the US illegally, they were children. It was the actions of their parents or adult guardians that brought them here, not their own. They have grown up to become responsible adults and productive members of society. If not, the above requirements would not be met.

The United States is the only home these people have ever known. Most of them would be as much of a stranger in their country of birth as you or I would. I don’t understand how anyone could think that uprooting these people from the life they have built here is the right thing to do.


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