Eastern Shore Immigration Services React to DACA Halt by Fed. Judge
Immigration and DACA aid networks Monday are waiting for specific guidance from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
For them and DACA families, the legal battles and uncertainty have become all too routine.
“It comes with the job it comes with the territory of immigration these things are constantly changing year after year we have to deal with new rulings new policies,” said La Esperanza Community Center Immigration Director Bryant Garcia in Georgetown.
He believes the ruling will only affect new people enrolling in the program, not those currently in it.
“It shouldn’t affect people who are renewing who have something in the process, we are hoping that’s what will still happen,” he said.
Matthew Peters is the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Resource, and agree’s that the suspension only applies to those looking to join the DACA program.
Peters however believes those in the DACA program will require relief as well, as the renewal backlog for DACA status is so backed up, those that may have renewed may not have their status approved before their deadline, resulting in lost work or education, and housing.
Combined, Peters and Garcia work with nearly 30 people affected by the ruling on the Eastern Shore.
Peters believes the ruling only makes things harder for dreamers looking to better themselves and the community.
“This could be a life-changing type of experience of being a young person that’s finally in some way connected to society in terms of being able to work and more education,” he said, adding “taking this option away creates more Obstacles and issues down the line.”
They say Dreamers they’ve worked with have been trying to do things by the rules, but the rules keep on changing.
“It’s tough to see these young people that had this glimmer of hope to finally get something as young adults and to have that taken from them,” Peters said.
Garcia says he understands DACA is not a permanent solution but at the moment it’s the best one for the dreamers.
“We understand DACA was created by an executive order and that may not be the best way to establish a policy but that’s we need our representatives and lawmakers to step up,” he said.
Garcia believes the only way to end the legal battle over the DACA recipients is legislation that not only protects them from losing their rights to work and study but ultimately provides a pathway to citizenship.
“We have seen some people go the citizenship route they have family here or marriage but it’s not everyone,” Garcia said.