AP STORY: Deferred Action for workers

Gosia Wozniacka AP STORIES

Thousands of young immigrants lined up last week across the country hoping for the right to work legally in America without being deported. The Obama administration’s new program – called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA for short – is meant for those who came to the U.S. as children, grew up steeped in American culture and have little or nothing to go back to if they were to be deported. The program does not grant permanent legal residency or a path to citizenship. Federal officials estimate Deferred Action will benefit over 1 million young people. Most of the attention surrounding this new program has focussed on college students, esp. star academic achievers. But the numbers crunched by several researchers show that over half of those eligible are actually workers, not students. Read about how this new federal program can help young workers, especially farmworkers, in my article here.

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