Ap­peals court gives ‘Dream­ers’ tem­po­rary re­lief

The Fresno Bee - - Local - BY YE­SE­NIA AMARO ya­maro@fres­nobee.com Ye­se­nia Amaro: 559-441-6144, @Ye­se­ni­aA­maro

“Dream­ers” na­tion­wide, in­clud­ing those in the Val­ley, have tem­po­rary re­lief af­ter a fed­eral court rul­ing Thurs­day that al­lows DACA re­cip­i­ents to con­tinue to re­new their ap­pli­ca­tions.

The abil­ity to re­new those ap­pli­ca­tions will pro­tect those re­cip­i­ents from de­por­ta­tion and grant them work­ing per­mits — at least for the time be­ing.

The De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram, which ben­e­fits some in­di­vid­u­als who were brought to the U.S. il­le­gally as chil­dren, has been en­gulfed in a le­gal bat­tle un­der the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Pres­i­dent Donald Trump.

Un­doc­u­mented stu­dents who were brought to the U.S. as chil­dren are typ­i­cally re­ferred to as “Dream­ers” based on never-passed pro­pos­als in Congress called the DREAM Act.

Thurs­day’s ac­tion by the U.S. Court of Ap­peals for the Ninth Cir­cuit reaf­firms a pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion filed in Jan­uary to stop the Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion’s at­tempt to end DACA.

About one in four DACA re­cip­i­ents is from Cal­i­for­nia. Gen­oveva Vi­var, 23, is one of them.

Vi­var’s par­ents brought her to the U.S. in 2004 from Guer­rero, Mex­ico. She grad­u­ated from Fresno State in spring 2018 with bach­e­lor’s de­grees in fi­nance and Spanish. Her DACA sta­tus was set to ex­pire in Oc­to­ber 2019.

Her big­gest con­cern was how she was go­ing to be able to con­tinue to work if she wasn’t able to re­new her DACA ben­e­fits. She’s work­ing as a sales as­so­ciate at Macy’s and has a side job as a fi­nan­cial ad­viser.

“I’m just re­ally glad that … we can still con­tinue” to re­new, she said. “I fi­nan­cially help my­self. I just feel like some­times (peo­ple) think that we take all the op­por­tu­ni­ties (from) oth­ers. The op­por­tu­nity is there for ev­ery­one in gen­eral, but it’s up to the per­son to de­cide if they want to fight for the op­por­tu­nity they have in front of them.”

The Jan­uary pre­lim­i­nary in­junc­tion was filed by sev­eral at­tor­ney gen­er­als, in­clud­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s Xavier Be­cerra, along with the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia and in­di­vid­ual DACA re­cip­i­ents, among other plain­tiffs.

Gaby D. Enci­nas, co­or­di­na­tor at the Dream Suc­cess Cen­ter at Fresno State, said Thurs­day’s court rul­ing is “an­other jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the U.S. to con­tinue on the path to keeping DACA.”

Thurs­day’s ac­tion pro­vides “some se­cu­rity” for DACA stu­dents in the Cen­tral Val­ley mov­ing for­ward, Enci­nas said. “That’s a big re­lief for our stu­dents,” she said. “It’s good news for now.”

There are an es­ti­mated 650 to 700 DACA stu­dents at­tend­ing Fresno State, Enci­nas said. Be­gin­ning in the win­ter, the Dream Suc­cess Cen­ter will be or­ga­niz­ing var­i­ous sup­port ser­vices for DACA stu­dents, such as le­gal clin­ics once or twice a month.

The Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity sys­tem will also con­tinue to of­fer we­bi­nars to pro­vide up-to-date in­for­ma­tion on the lat­est news on DACA.

“DACA is an ever evolv­ing process, and so we need to be very in­for­ma­tive every step of the way,” she said.

Ale­jan­dro Del­gadillo, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor for the Calvin E. Bright Suc­cess Cen­ter at UC Merced, said Thurs­day’s tem­po­rary re­lief only ap­plies for re­newals and doesn’t al­low for new ap­pli­ca­tions.

In gen­eral, un­til there is a more for­mal sup­port for this group of un­doc­u­mented young peo­ple, there is no per­ma­nent fix. “There’s noth­ing cer­tain here,” he said.

Of­fi­cials at UC Merced are still ad­vo­cat­ing for stu­dents who don’t have DACA. There are thou­sands of stu­dents who would have qual­i­fied un­der an Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­posal to ex­pand the pro­gram — an ef­fort that was met with re­sis­tance.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.