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Asian And Latino Youths: A Deeper Look At Varied Approaches Toward DACA
A recent study showed that application rates for DACA and related temporary immigration relief differs among various ethnic groups.
Of those eligible, far less Asian youth sought DACA benefits:
- Latin America – 77%
- Asia Pacific – 21%
The difference in the application rate of eligible immigrant youths was 56%, not a small figure statistically-speaking, illustrating a marked distinction between the views of the two communities towards immigration reform.
Origin and Community: Asian and Latin American Unauthorized Youth And U.S. Deportation Relief
Migration Policy Institute, Sylvia Rusin, August 13, 2015
This August marks the third anniversary of implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama administration initiative that has provided temporary relief from deportation and access to work authorization to more than 660,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the United States as children. To receive a grant of DACA, unauthorized youth must meet certain age, residency, education, and criminal history criteria.
Having been raised in a multicultural family, with Latino and Asian roots, the findings do not surprise me.
The reasons for such differences are multi-faceted.
Read our full blog post here >>> Asian And Latino Youths: A Deeper Look At Varied Approaches Toward DACA
Justice Delayed Again, Justice Denied Again
After spending several weeks telling immigrant rights advocates that the administration was weighing how to revamp deportation policies, the president decided to reverse course.
In particular, the idea of allowing Dreamers to serve in the U.S. military was temporarily taken off the table.
The thought process works like this:
White House Wants Delay In DOD Immigration Plan
Jim Kuhnhenn, Yahoo News, June 2, 2014
“The president is convinced there is a legislative opportunity, and that gives us the best opportunity to fix what’s broken in our immigration system,” White House spokesman Bobby Whithorne said Monday. “He wants to leave no stone unturned to make sure the House takes that opportunity, follows the Senate’s lead and takes action.”
For this plan to work, some opponents of immigration reform need to be willing to compromise.
Yet, it seems incongruent to think that if the president cannot find enough support for the ENLIST Act, a conservative proposal which gives legal status to young undocumented immigrants if they serve in the military, any other immigration program can garner sufficient votes to become law.