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  1. Comments from our Readers in the DACA Field Report

    Here is a compilation on the latest comments made on the DACA Field Report:
    Honestly, this is the first time I've heard of such thing. My mother is an educator but she has not mentioned about this. She must have a strong reason for not telling us about this which is a weird thing, knowing that my mother is very open with us especially in matters of school. I won't be the one to ask her about this because I might offend her. I wish that DACA would be more beneficial to students to ensure many americans to have access in school.Honestly, this is the first time I've heard of such thing. My mother is an educator but she has not mentioned about this. She must have a strong reason for not telling us about this which is a weird thing, knowing that my mother is very open with us especially in matters of school. I won't be the one to ask her about this because I might offend her. I wish that DACA would be more beneficial to students to ensure many americans to have access in school.
    - uk dissertation 
     
    The idea of ANY administration deporting a million youth is hard to fathom. As you have noticed, ironically, now both parties are chasing the Latino vote. Imagine the consequences of deporting Deferred Action applicants to the party who is in charge (albeit in Congress or White House).
    - Alfredo Lozano
     
    Regarding extending Medicaid benefits to DACA beneficiaries, we have to crawl before we can run. DACA is deferred action, like release on an Order of Supervision: it provides temporary removal relief but does not create a lawful status. It's not the full DREAM Act. Therefore, it makes sense that not all the benefits that come from adjudcated lawful status accrue to DACA beneficiaries. Moreover, to insist on that, at this point in time when states are adjusting to the reality of expanding Medicaid coverage in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, is to play in to all the negative stereotypes that undocumented persons eat up social benefits and burden society with their young, stereotypes likely to be manipulated by anti-reform zealots to ensure that a full DREAM act never gets passed. As far as those DACA beneficiaries getting needed care, how were they getting it before? The streets of my city are not teeming with sick and dying undocumented, so I assume these persons are finding resources within their own families and communities to take care of basic health needs. It's what my niece, born and raised in Virginia but currently without medical insurance, does. DACA has not changed any of that.
    - Jay McTyier
    As a potential DACA beneficiary can tell you that the last thing we need to be doing is trying to figure out/ obtain social welfare programs that are meant for citizens. Sorry to sound harsh but WE did not leave your country to come all the way here and try your hand at social welfare! The point is for us to be able to obtain work or education so we can be self-sustaining individuals who will pay our own insurance and NOT BURDEN an already overloaded healthcare system. Lets not forget that part of the reason why Americans are against us getting a pathway to citizenship is because the think (are already witnessing) how we are draining their programs (take WIC for example). Lets go against the "immigrants want to drain the system" stereotype, however false it may be. Lets focus on showing that we want to be productive contributors to society first, because honestly, we are not entitled to anything, no matter what.
    - Momolu Agbadi
    Share your thoughts in our comment section of our blog. 
  2. DACA Weekly - September 24


    DACA Field Report


    Here are our most recent entries from the DACA Field Report:

     

    No Health Care For DACA Beneficiaries

    Integrity and Intensity

    Comments from our Readers - "Organization Charging DACA Applicants" and "Youth Migrant Farmworkers Ineligible for DACA"


    If you would like to share your reports with what's going on in your community and city regarding deferred action, send them to webmaster@ilw.com.





    DACA Calendar of Events



    Location
    Date and Time


    California State University San Marco - Lecture Hall, San Marco, CA
    Sep 29, 6pm-8pm


    Ruiz Branch Library, 1600 Grove Boulevard Austin, TX 78741
    Sep 29, 2pm-4pm




    We have organizations ready to host workshops in the following cities:
    San Francisco CA, Indianapolis IN, New Orleans LA, Detroit MI, Raleigh NC, Manhattan NY, Portland OR, Aiken SC, Austin TX, San Antonio TX, Harrisonburg VA.

    Attorneys: If you would like to talk in any of the cities listed above or organize an event in your city, contact us at webmaster@ilw.com.


    We have attorneys already signed up to speak in the following cities:
    Phoenix AZ, Oxnard CA, Cinncinati OH, Milwaukee/ Racine WI.

    Organizations: If you would like to host a DACA workshop in any of the cities listed above or organize an event in your city, contact us at webmaster@ilw.com.


    To see our full calendar of events, including informative sessions, legal clinics and webinars, that are taking place across the nation on deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), see here.
    To submit your event, please email us at webmaster@ilw.com.




    Articles and News on DACA


    Article: USCIS Issues Guidance on Whether or Not to Disclose Fraudulent Use of a Social Security Number on Employment Authorization Application by Matthew Kolken


    Article: Using Facebook to Support Your DACA Application by Carl Shusterman






    DACA on Twitter


    Headline: DREAMers Will be Ineligible for Obama's New Health Care Law http://ow.ly/dPlXl

    Headline: DHS approves 29 people for delayed deportation http://ow.ly/dISXv






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  3. No Health Care For DACA Beneficiaries

    Last month, the Obama
    administration quietly announced that those benefitting from DACA would not
    also be able to benefit from the country's new healthcare system, taking effect
    in the coming years. Ordinarily, a grant of deferred action gives the grantee
    status as being "lawfully present" in the U.S., but the Obama
    administration stated explicitly that this would not be the case for those who
    receive deferred action under the DACA classification. To be eligible for
    healthcare coverage, one of the factors a person necessarily must show is
    lawful presence. The Obama administration described DACA as "an exercise
    of prosecutorial discretion," allowing law enforcement officers to focus
    on immigrants who pose a threat to national security or public safety and not
    as anything that was ever intended to confer healthcare coverage on those
    individuals. Thus, while Obama's move was at first lauded widely by
    pro-immigrant groups, he is now facing something of a backlash. Of course,
    those groups have no viable alternative to supporting the President. Perhaps he
    is aware of this and the statement about the lack of healthcare coverage was
    made to curry favor with those on the other side who claim that this healthcare
    law, which is truly the centerpiece of his Presidency to date, would benefit
    undocumented people. The news is not all bad for pro-immigrant groups, however;
    under the new healthcare system, coverage would still be available to lower
    income people with green cards or grants of asylum. Still, opponents of the
    administration's move here believe that the lack of coverage for DACA grantees
    puts two of the primary hallmarks of Mr. Obama's term - healthcare reform and
    action on immigration - at odds with one another. Do you agree with those
    people? Share your thoughts with us at editor@ilw.com and continue reading the full
    article here. 
  4. Integrity and Intensity

    The following DACA field report comes from Carmen Cornejo of Dream Act Arizona:
    GED seekers are confronting serious obstacles in Arizona. 
    The State Legislature has been cutting Adult Education budgets to the point of
    starvation and Prop.300 denied public funding for undocumented youth since
    2007.  The remedial high school certification landscape is a difficult one
    for citizen and undocumented immigrants alike.
    Many persons who are reaching out to me seeking information for
    GED instruction are young mothers in their early 20s who dropped out of high
    school due to pregnancy and now find difficult to find GED instruction to
    re-enter education.  USCIS willingness to accept enrollment to GED
    programs for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants without a
    High School diploma is suddenly increasing the demand and urgency for GED
    classes by these individuals.
    Here is a list of challenges GED seekers are finding in Arizona
    and specially Maricopa County:
    Decreased funding. GED instruction has been
    severely de-funded. In 2010, Governor Brewer signed a budget that eliminated
    the $4.5 million appropriation for Adult Education and GED Testing.  When
    Arizona eliminated this GED funding, it also lost $11 million in matching
    funds from the Federal government.
    On line classes. Some GED outlets at Community
    Colleges only offer on-line classes to undocumented youth which may be a
    challenging setting for low proficiency students.
    Students with different levels of proficiency.
    GED  instructors need to assess different levels of proficiency. It
    may take real commitment and monetary investment 

    from some students to make up for lost time, acquire a GED
    certification and then apply for DACA.
    Bureaucratic barriers. Community colleges in
    Maricopa County (one of the largest in the nation) took time to implement new
    Arizona Department of Education's ID policies and their own internal guidelines
    and denied GED instruction to some, especially during the first weeks after
    August the 15th.  Some Community Colleges' personnel in
    Maricopa County are not properly trained to offer consistent, non-intrusive
    enrollment procedures and question about immigration status, SS#.
    Different programs, funding and models create confusion. 
    Non-profits are creating their own models to offer tuition based GED programs
    for people seeking to apply to DACA and comply with Prop. 300 at the same
    time. 
    Potential for fraud. Some organizations, charter
    schools are charging up to 4,500 for "High School Diplomas"; others offer "too
    good to be true" on-line classes. It may be difficult for immigrant youth to
    assess the adequate "intensity and integrity" of a GED, High School competition
    program, putting the burden of proof on the undocumented youth for DACA
    purposes.
    Uneven production of enrollment documents to apply for DACA. GED
    outlets are still figuring out the production of documentation and receipts
    helpful for DACA applicants.
    DREAM ActVolunteer non-profit organizations, CADENA, The Arizona
    DREAM Act Coalition  and Tucson based Scholarships A-Z are taking the task
    to guide GED seekers in order to have a better educated workforce for the state
    and to have  young immigrants, so many times forgotten, applying for DACA.
    Carmen Cornejo
    CADENA-ADAC Arizona
    www.dreamactaz.org
     
  5. Comments from our Readers - "Organization Charging DACA Applicants" and "Youth Migrant Farmworkers Ineligible for DACA"

    Here is a compilation on the latest comments made on our post "Youth Migrant Farmworkers Ineligible for DACA":

    Don't know if I am missing something, but my understanding is that the Administration said "at the time of application" they had to be enrolled. In other words, if they signed up for September GED classes, they could apply no matter how long it takes...I am probably missing something, but wanted to offer this commentary
    - grace
    I agree with the above comment. They should be eligible to apply if they enroll in a state or federally funded adult school GED program prior to applying and document proof of enrollment with the application.
    - Grady Gauthier 

    Here is a compilation on the latest comments made on our post "Organization Charging DACA Applicants":

    Not-for-profit organizations need to spend its resources sparingly. The $150,000 received by Make the Road may have been earmarked for another purpose or program - this short report doesn't give us the fact. It is insulting to the immigrant community to presume that they need financial assistance and free services. Many are successful despite their status or lack thereof. Each person should be screened on his or her own merits to determine whether aid/free services are warranted. Those who can afford to pay, should, so that the services are better distributed to those who cannot afford to pay.
    - Debra Dowd

     
    Share your thoughts on this topic in the comment section of our blog entry.
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