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On Its Fifth Anniversary, Let’s Celebrate and #DefendDACA!

15 August 2017 No Comment

MichelleDefendDACABy Michelle Saucedo

August 15, 2017

Courtesy of National Immigration Law Center

Happy fifth DACA anniversary!

I cautiously celebrate this milestone as I recognize DACA’s success, while grappling with the concern about its possible rescission and what that could mean to so many people in this country. Since DACA’s implementation in 2012, over 800, 000 people have benefited from it, getting a chance to work with authorization, along with a reprieve from the threat of deportation.

Although its benefits are granted only for a renewable period of two years, many people took a chance on the program, putting their faith in the same government that had failed to deliver on immigration reform and continued to separate families. DACA was not the ultimate goal or desired solution, but it was a welcome reprieve for so many undocumented people who yearned to move ahead and provide for themselves, their families, and the country they call home.

On Its Fifth Anniversary, Let’s Celebrate and #DefendDACA!

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