The TPSeano Series: Potential Increase in Foreclosures if Temporary Protected Status Ends

Before the end of the year the Trump administration will be making decisions on the future of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations. This means that the lives of more than 325,000 people—including 250,000 Central American immigrants—now hang in the balance.

In this fourth installment of the TPSeano Series, we look at how ending TPS protections could impact the financial services industry. Our earlier posts in the series discussed the impact on the construction industrywhat temporary protected status is and what is at stake.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending January 15

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Week Ending January 15

This week in immigration: No decision yet from the Supreme Court; Ready America conference provides immigration integration strategies; new report examines children with unauthorized immigrant parents.

No decision yet from the Supreme Court on DAPA and expanded DACA: The Supreme Court could still agree to hear the case at their next meeting on Friday, January 22.  While we wait to hear if the Supreme Court will take the case, take a moment to read the op-ed written by Rep. Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) describing the work of her late father, Rep. Roybal and others pushing for executive action that would protect spouses and children of people gaining legal status under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). Under the Family Fairness policy, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) ultimately made up to 1.5 million unauthorized spouses and children of those legalized under IRCA eligible for temporary protection from deportation and work authorization. Rep. Roybal-Allard writes “It is my hope that once DAPA and expanded DACA are permitted to take effect and millions of Dreamers and parents of American citizens are permitted to come forward, pass background checks and more fully participate in our communities, Congress will act consistent with the will of the American people and enact sensible immigration reform legislation. Doing so will honor the legacy and the principle of family unity that my father, as well as Reagan and Bush, championed.”

Ready America conference brings together immigration leaders: Grassroots organizers, advocacy groups, and legal experts will gather in Arlington, Virginia next month to collaborate on immigration integration strategies at the 2nd annual Ready America conference. The focus will be on preparing organizations to assist Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Additionally, participants will discuss policies and procedures to enact should the Supreme Court uphold Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded DACA. Individuals or groups looking to register for the conference can do so here, and an outreach flyer providing exact dates, times, and locations is available here.

Migration Policy Institute examines outcomes for children with unauthorized immigrant parents: The Migration Policy Institute this week released a fact sheet titled “A Profile of U.S. children with Unauthorized Immigrant Parents.” This publication finds that children growing up with unauthorized immigrant parents face lower preschool enrollment, reduced socioeconomic progress, and higher rates of linguistic isolation and poverty. By middle childhood, research shows that the estimated 5.1 million children living with at least one unauthorized immigrant parent face lower academic achievement. By adolescence, these same youth suffer from higher anxiety and depressive symptoms, and by young adulthood have completed an average of 1.25 to 1.5 fewer years of schooling than their peers. Despite the fact that 79 percent of children with unauthorized immigrant parents are U.S. citizens themselves, they still suffer the consequences of our broken immigration system.

This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending November 13

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Week Ending November 13

This week in immigration reform: NCLR calls for appeal to Fifth Circuit ruling on administrative relief; USCIS honors immigrant members of the military; NCLR shares information on health care enrollment for immigrant and mixed-status families; and NCLR Deputy Vice President participates in immigration discussion.

NCLR responds to Fifth Circuit decision on administrative relief: Monday evening saw the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans uphold an earlier ruling in Texas v. United States, temporarily blocking implementation of President Obama’s executive actions related to immigration. Announced in November 2014, these executive actions would provide deportation relief through expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program. Shortly following the decision’s announcement, NCLR issued a press release calling on the Department of Justice to appeal the case as soon as possible. NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía was quoted in the statement, saying, “The record is clear—since the end of World War II, presidents of both parties have used discretionary powers on multiple occasions and for an extensively wide range of reasons to protect various groups from deportation. This decision disregards both this precedent and the necessity and practicality of setting priorities when it comes to immigration enforcement.”

The Department of Justice has announced that it will appeal the Fifth Circuit decision and ask the Supreme Court to review the case. For more information on possible next steps in the case, check out this graphic created by NILC. 

Although implementation of these specific programs remains halted, eligible applicants may still apply for DACA. For more information on how to apply for DACA, please visit uscis.gov/childhoodarrivals.

In commemoration of Veterans Day, USCIS recognizes military members among new citizens: In recognition of Veterans Day, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will welcome more than 255 veterans, service members, and military spouses as new American citizens this week. These veterans will be among the 10,000 new citizens naturalized at roughly 130 ceremonies nationwide. The military has always relied heavily on immigrants, with approximately 65,000 immigrants serving in the armed forces as of 2008. Recognizing the large role immigrants play, Congress and the Department of Defense have created multiple programs making it easier for foreign-born military members to obtain citizenship. Currently, USCIS can accelerate the application for citizenship for members of the United States armed forces and recently discharged members. Additionally, the Department of Defense created the Naturalization and Basic Training Initiative in 2009, which permits enlisted members to finish the naturalization process during basic training.

NCLR provides information for immigrant and mixed-status families on health care enrollment: As open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gets underway, we know there are people eligible for coverage who remain uninsured and are looking for information and resources to understand their options and get covered. NCLR provides immigrants and mixed status families resources and shares important facts to know about enrolling in health coverage under the ACA in this blog post

NCLR Deputy Vice President participates in conversation on immigration reform: NCLR Deputy Vice President Clarissa Martinez de Castro participated in a discussion titled, “Immigration: Open the doors or build some walls,” as part of the “Consider It” program in Reading, Pennsylvania. The discussion centered around immigration reform and its impact on the local community. “Consider It” promotes civil public discourse on divisive or controversial topics, based on the American Public Square Initiative in Kansas City. Other participants included the Heritage Foundation, a professor from Albright College, and a Reading School District employee.

This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending May 1

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Week Ending May 1

This week in immigration reform: NCLR Affiliates continue to ready for executive action implementation; NCLR continues our blog series on deferred action recipients; and House Republicans hold hearing on birthright citizenship.

NCLR kept the community informed with staff quoted in NBC News and the Tennessean.

Congressman Gutierrez and NCLR Affiliates rally to support executive action and comprehensive immigration reform: This Thursday, Congressman Gutierrez (D-Ill.) spoke to a crowd of nearly 200 at a high school in Washington, DC, touching on executive action, comprehensive immigration reform, and his own personal story. This was the Congressman’s 20th stop on his “Immigration Action National Tour,” a national undertaking to inform the immigrant community of the requirements and importance of DACA and DAPA. An article quotes Gutierrez saying, “It’s a huge task and the more people know, the earlier they know it, the better prepared they will be to take advantage. It’s my responsibility not only to demand action here in Washington, D.C., but to ensure to the best of my ability that it is implemented as broadly and as widely and as generously as possible.” Each event also includes volunteers who meet with those potentially eligible for deferred action to inform them about the process and to help get them ready to apply once the programs are no longer on a court-mandated hold. NCLR Affiliates, including Ayuda, CARECEN, Carlos Rosario, La Clinica del Pueblo, Latin American Youth Center, and Mary’s Center, co-sponsored the community town hall.


NCLR blog series features DACA recipient Carla Mena: This week’s installment of our ‘Living the American DREAM’ blog series profiles North Carolinian Carla Mena, who received DACA in 2012. DACA has enabled Carla to get a full-time job at Duke University’s Global Health Institute and to continue engaging her community through serving on the Wake Health Services Board of Trustees and working with NCLR Affiliate Youth Council at El Pueblo, Inc. While Carla has a temporary reprieve from deportation, her parents, and millions of others, don’t. DAPA, the program for parents of U.S. citizen children or legal permanent residents, is on hold. Our blog notes: “DAPA would provide opportunities for millions of skilled immigrants to work in fields where they can earn and contribute more. If DACA recipients have demonstrated in just three years what this program can do for communities like Raleigh, perhaps it’s time to consider something more stable. Carla’s story attests to the social and economic benefits of administrative relief, however, the overhaul of our immigration policies remain a critical task that Congress must undertake.”

House Republicans Convene hearing on birthright citizenship: This week,  a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on whether or not birthright citizenship, the policy of granting U.S. citizenship to each child born on U.S. soil supported by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, is good for America. In advance of the subcommittee hearing, civil rights leaders and members of Congress held a press conference to denounce the hearing. NCLR Deputy Vice President, Clarissa Martinez de Castro, said “It’s time to legislate responsibly; we want relief, resolution, and reform.” Democratic Members of Congress weighed in decrying the substance of the hearing, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saying, “Evidently, there is no American principle too sacred not to be surrendered in Republicans’ race to pander to the most radical, anti-immigrant corners of their party.  Today’s hearing is an appalling Republican effort to reverse one of our most fundamental constitutional guarantees: people born on American soil are Americans.” A Latin Post article quoted other Members of Congress, including Senator Menendez (D-N.J.), who said the hearing is a “painful reminder that we cannot and must not tolerate second-class citizenship, inequality, intolerance, and injustice. It is a humiliating reminder of the jingoistic insensitivity of the few toward multiculturalism and the changing face of America in the 21st Century.”

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending April 24

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Week Ending April 24

This week in immigration reform: update on Texas lawsuit challenging administrative relief; NCLR continues our blog series on deferred action recipients; and USCIS joins with local governments on immigrant integration.

Update on lawsuit challenging executive action: Last Friday the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in the case concerning President Obama’s November executive actions on immigration. An article in Politico notes that the court will likely rule 2-1 against the request for a lifting of the injunction placed on expanded DACA and DAPA by Judge Hanen. The oral arguments took the same tone as the political debate around the president’s contentious actions, and the next step might be taking the case to the Supreme Court. A large group of those supporting President Obama’s executive actions packed the courtroom and held a rally outside the courthouse. A decision from the three-judge panel could come at any time and those familiar with the process believe it will come within the next few weeks.

NCLR features DACA recipient Joel Sati: This week’s installment of our ‘Living the American DREAM’ blog series profiles 22-year-old college student Joel Sati, originally from Kenya. Joel learned he was undocumented in high school and slowly began taking classes at Montgomery College in Maryland. He was actively involved with United We Dream and advocating for the Maryland DREAM Act. When President Obama announced DACA in 2012, Joel’s activism paid off. Our blog notes: “For Joel, the impact of receiving DACA was life-changing. After graduating from Montgomery College as a Phi Theta Kappa honor student, he was accepted into the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies at CCNY. Today, the philosophy major juggles a full course load and an internship at an immigration law firm in Harlem.” In the fall he will be applying to Ph.D. programs in philosophy and aspires to become a college professor.

Cities recognize importance of immigrant integration: This week USCIS and the city of Atlanta announced a new partnership to strengthen citizenship education and awareness efforts. Atlanta joins three other cities – Los Angeles, Chicago, and Nashville – to expand access to resources and information regarding naturalization. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed notes, “The contributions of immigrants and foreign-born residents to the cultural and economic fabric of Atlanta are irrefutable. In the City of Atlanta, immigrants are over-represented among the self-employed, and across our state, new immigrant business owners generate business revenue of $2.9 billion a year.  Despite their proven value to our city, thousands of our eligible residents have not yet completed the naturalization process. That’s why I’m thrilled to announce a joint commitment with USCIS to expand access to citizenship in Atlanta, with all its privileges and responsibilities.”

Not only do legal immigrants contribute to the local, state and national economies, but undocumented immigrants do as well. A Washington Post article highlights a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a nonpartisan nonprofit. The report found President Obama’s executive actions on immigration will generate an extra $845 million in taxes annually from immigrants living here undocumented. That is in addition to the $11.8 billion they already contribute.

Living the American DREAM: Katherine Perez

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By Gabriela Gomez, Communications Department Intern, NCLR

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Katherine Perez, far right. Photo: Katherine Perez

When Katherine Perez arrived in the United States from Colombia in 2005, she had one goal in mind: to get a great education that would pave the way to a better life. Her parents made the tough decision to leave their country after her mom got a job offer in the United States, the “land of opportunity.” Yet soon after settling in, the Perez family was met with a harsh reality: the attorney overseeing their immigration case had fled the country, their paperwork and savings in tow.

Despite this setback, the Perez family was determined to move forward. Little by little, the family worked to rebuild their lives in Maryland. While her parents worked, Katherine poured herself into her schoolwork, taking honors courses in middle school and participating in the International Baccalaureate program at her high school. Though she thrived academically, her immigration status put her at an extreme disadvantage.

“I was very dependent on what my parents could help with and provide for me. [With] no money of my own, unable to drive and attend events and school programs—I felt as if everyone else my age was ahead of me, and I was falling behind every day more and more,” said Katherine.

When the college application period rolled around, the legal and financial barriers multiplied. It quickly became clear that the road to a college degree would be challenging and extremely costly.

With help from supportive mentors, Katherine obtained a private scholarship that enabled her to enroll as a full-time student at Montgomery College and work toward an associate’s degree. But economic difficulties at home meant she’d also have to juggle a part-time job to help support her two younger sisters.

As much as she tried, mounting pressures from school and work often led Katherine to question whether her degree was worth the hardship. Would the barriers of being undocumented ever be lifted?

Obama_SOTU3_resizedOn June 15, 2012, she got her answer by way of President Obama’s announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Though initially hesitant, Katherine set her fears aside, submitted her application, and hoped for the best.

Today, the 22-year-old DACA recipient is a student at the University of Maryland. Since receiving DACA, Katherine has found a steady job and transferred to the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in science. Thanks to DACA, she now looks to her future with renewed hope and resolve.

“I have a job and I am in the process of getting my driver’s license. I can now save money to pay for next semester and help out at home with the expenses. I feel more empowered and in charge of my life,” said Katherine.

Though these stories echo the power of DACA, they also echo the voice of an immigrant community eager to contribute to the progress and prosperity of the nation. Eager to prove the narrative of the American Dream is alive and well, and within reach. Katherine would like to remind those in Congress seeking to repeal DACA: “Even though we were not born in this land, we have grown to love and respect the national symbols, and to pledge allegiance to the flag. We are here not to bleed out the country, but to make it a better one and to contribute to [its] well-being.”

This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending April 10

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Week Ending April 10

This week in immigration: update on two lawsuits challenging administrative relief; NCLR continues our blog series on deferred action recipients; and recent state-level action on immigration.

Update on lawsuits challenging executive action: This week, Judge Hanen, who halted implementation of President Obama’s expanded DACA and new DAPA programs, again reiterated his ruling blocking deferred action. He refused to lift the injunction he issued almost a month ago. Regardless, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on April 17, with a decision on allowing the programs to proceed following. Groups continue to demonstrate their support of administrative relief through the filing of numerous amicus briefs on the side of the Obama Administration. NCLR joined with 153 other civil, labor and immigrant rights groups to submit an amicus brief defending executive action. In the brief, the groups present evidence and cases illustrating how delaying the implementation of these programs harms the nation’s economy and communities. NCLR’s Clarissa Martínez-De-Castro, Deputy Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy and Legislation notes: “It is time to allow common sense to prevail. The legitimate, precedent-based actions taken by the president will bring relief to millions of American families living in fear of losing a family member to deportation, and they will strengthen our economy by having those who are working do so legally, contributing more taxes and preventing bad employers from gaming the system.”

Groups also filing amicus briefs: four Democratic Senators, 181 Democratic Representatives, a bipartisan group of former Members of Congress, the AFL-CIO, fifteen states and the District of Columbia, 73 city officials, the United States Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities.

Also this week: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a different lawsuit that challenged President Obama’s 2012 DACA program filed by Mississippi and a group of federal immigration agents. The three-judge panel found that the plaintiffs failed to show how deferred action would harm Mississippi. According to an article on Vox, this may be good news for the pending Texas lawsuit, as the judges deciding the Mississippi case note: “The (2012) Napolitano Directive makes it clear that the Agents shall exercise their discretion in deciding to grant deferred action, and this judgment should be exercised on a case-by-case basis […] The 2014 supplemental directive, which also supplements DACA, reinforces this approach to the application of deferred action.”

NCLR Blog features DACA recipient Maria Pacheco: This week’s installment of our ‘Living the American DREAM’ blog series features the story of Maria Pacheco, originally from Mexico, who came to the U.S. with her mother to be reunited with her father. Maria and her family have been actively involved with HOLA, a community-based organization in Ohio. That is where she heard about DACA and was able to apply for deferred action and work authorization. Since receiving DACA, Maria has worked several jobs, continued to engage her Latino peers, and is starting at Lakeland Community College to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. Maria notes: “I always wanted to be a teacher. Teachers are role models who contribute to this nation. Immigrants, like teachers, have a lot to offer to our country.

State Happening:

  • Tennessee is moving forward with an in-state tuition bill for undocumented students who have been granted deferred action. An article in the Tennessean notes: “About 25,000 undocumented students in Tennessee could become eligible for deferred action, according to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. TIRRC (an NCLR Affiliate) estimates thousands of students would not qualify for in-state tuition under the stricter requirements included in the amendment, although TIRRC spokesman Eben Cathey said the bill was still a good first step.”
  • California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León issued a press statement announcing a 10-bill package to protect hardworking undocumented immigrants. The statement includes a quote by NCLR’s Delia de la Vara, Vice President, California: “NCLR California is excited to support the Immigrants Shape California Legislative Package announced by Senate Pro Tem De León and Speaker Atkins. This package illustrates an unassailable truth: that immigrants are part of our economic and social engine, and that their fair treatment will only strengthen their contributions to California’s progress. Congress should take note; this is yet one more example of how California is leading the way.”
  • Illinois’ Loyola University student body approved (70%) a referendum to create a scholarship fund for undocumented students. The referendum would increase student fees by $5 a year to fund the Magis Scholarship. Loyola has been a leader in welcoming undocumented students: In 2013, Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine was the first school in the nation to admit students who received deferred action through the DACA program.
  • Texas DREAMers are currently battling to keep a state DREAM Act in place. A bill currently in the state senate would repeal in-state tuition for students who have lived in Texas for a minimum of three years and who graduated from a Texas high school. However, advocates might be close to blocking the measure. An article from the El Paso Times notes that one Republican state senator has come out in opposition to the bill and if a few more Republicans side with him, the bill will not meet the threshold warranting full senate consideration.

This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending April 3

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Week Ending April 3

This week in immigration reform: opportunities for learning more about administrative relief and immigrant integration; update on the Texas lawsuit challenging executive action; NCLR continues our blog series on deferred action recipients; and engage your elected officials while they are in district.

Mark your calendars: In anticipation of implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, the Immigration Advocates Network and the Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) are hosting a trio of webinars on preparing applicants for DACA and DAPA. Registration is now open for the first webinar in this series, titled “Bringing Clients into Eligibility for Administrative Relief: Meeting the Education Requirement for DACA and the Parent/Child Relationship Requirement for DAPA.”

It will take place on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Eastern). This webinar will address:

– Strategies for meeting the DACA education requirements;
– Review of INA definition of child and implications for DAPA; and
– Overview of ways to establish paternity.

To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5778440844343639041. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. If you have questions, email support@immigrationadvocates.org.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is holding a teleconference on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the Notice of Funding Opportunity for the fiscal year 2015 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. USCIS posted the grant funding opportunity announcement on April 1, 2015, and all applications are due by May 15.

During this teleconference, USCIS officials will provide an overview of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program and answer your questions about the application requirements and process. To register, visit the registration page to confirm your participation.

The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, a competitive grant opportunity for organizations that prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. The program will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Read more in a news release.

Update on the Texas lawsuit: This Monday the federal government filed a brief urging the federal appeals court to reverse the hold on President Obama’s executive actions. An Associated Press article notes: “Justice Department lawyers say in the new court filing that the federal government has unique authority to enforce the nation’s immigration laws and to use its limited resources to exercise discretion during the deportation process, including by deferring removal of certain groups of immigrants, such as those who do not pose a public safety threat.” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has joined with Texas to oppose administrative relief, even though 53% of New Jerseyans support the president’s policies according to Central Jersey. Christie, along with the governors of Louisiana and South Dakota filed a brief Monday supporting the hold on administrative relief.

In the lawsuit, Texas and its supporters claim the president’s actions will cause harm to their states. However, new analysis by the Center for American Progress (CAP) shows delaying implementation is costing the country economically by preventing nearly 5 million individuals from working legally. “As DACA and DAPA recipients earn higher wages—an estimated total of $103 billion more over the next decade—the U.S. gross domestic product, or GDP, will increase cumulatively by $230 billion over the next 10 years. And it is not just beneficiaries of deferred action who will see wage gains: A booming economy will increase the incomes of all Americans by an estimated $124 billion. The growth in economic activity will also create an average of 28,814 jobs per year over the next 10 years for all Americans,” according to CAP.

NCLR features DACA recipient Ana Angeles: This week’s installment of our ‘Living the American DREAM’ blog series features a 30 year-old DACA recipient from Orange County, California. Ana Angeles has lived in the U.S. since she was 11 when her parents left Mexico in search of a better life for their family. Ana went on to graduate with a degree in business, but because of her status, she was unable to find meaningful work. That changed with the announcement of DACA. With DACA, Ana was able to find a job at an education company as a program manager and she manages to find time to help family members and friends navigate the DACA process.

Members of Congress at Home for Two Weeks: Congress has been on spring break for the week and will continue working in district next week. Now is a great opportunity to weigh-in with elected officials while they are back in their districts. Organizations can contact Janet Hernandez at jhernandez@nclr.org if they want more information about doing an in district visit, writing a letter to the editor on the need for administrative relief, and contributing to the ‘Living the American DREAM’ blog with a story.

Living the American DREAM: Ana Angeles

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By David Castillo, New Media Manager, NCLR

DREAMers_cantwaitActivism can take on many forms. For some, it takes the form of community organizing or leading demonstrations. For others, that activism might take place online or at the voting booth.  For Ana Angeles, a 30 year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient from Orange County, California, that activism has taken place in her home assisting would-be DACA recipients with their applications. It’s something she has taken great pride in doing. While she never set out to serve as an advocate, it was during the experience of applying for DACA that she realized she had something to offer her community.

Ana has lived in the United States since she was 11. Her parents both left jobs at a university in Mexico in search of better lives for Ana and her younger sister.

As a student in the United States, Ana flourished. Indeed, as an outstanding member of the TEACH Academy, a high school program that preps future teachers, she was eligible to apply for a full scholarship to Vanguard University, a private Christian institution.

Ana ultimately graduated with a degree in business and with minors in math, religion, and accounting. She was excited to begin her career, but like so many young people in her position, she had to put those dreams on hold because of her immigration status. While she searched for a job, economic realities soon set in and she was forced to take one at a fast food joint. This would go on until the president announced the creation of the DACA program.

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Since receiving DACA two years ago, Ana has found work at a local education company as a program manager. It was a promotion from the community marketer position she had before. Having DACA made her eligible for the more substantive, full-time position.

Ana’s willingness to help others navigate the DACA application process, which requires preparation, is what makes her advocacy so remarkable. She is very busy and has always assumed great responsibility as the oldest of her two other siblings. When she started her own application process, she was appalled at the huge fees many lawyers were asking for as payment to assist with applying. Convinced that these lawyers were just taking advantage, Ana decided she would save her money and apply by herself. Through diligent research and organization, her dedication and commitment paid off eight months later.

AllInRally6In the two years since receiving DACA, Ana has helped friends and family successfully navigate the process, but like many advocates, she still asks herself what else she can do. It’s a question that has come up a lot as her renewal period approaches. Ana is still figuring out how to answer that question, but whatever the answer is, her future certainly looks bright and includes the pursuit of an advanced degree.

In the meantime, Ana has a message for those in Congress who seek to undo DACA: “All we want to do is the right thing, to work, and to contribute. I love this country and all that it has given me. Just give us the chance to show you.”