DREAM youths can now apply for protections
President Obama announced in June that he would stop deportation of some undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children. This week that promise goes into practice, as the administration begins accepting applications.
The protections mirror that of the DREAM Act, which would have stopped the deportation of promising undocumented students who have kept clean records and were brought into the United States when they were very young. When the DREAM Act failed, President Obama declared that he would use his authority to enforce immigration policy to accomplish much of what the law would have done.
There are 1.7 million undocumented youths who could benefit, according to the Washington Post. Child advocacy groups are thrilled; we’ve been fighting for this kind policy since the DREAM Act was first announced. Undocumented children are often more likely to fall in the cracks, and immigration enforcement can often tear families apart at a vulnerable time in a child’s life.