For an undocumented immigrant, working at a university in the Los Angeles area may seem like an impossible dream. Applying for the job, like so many other careers in the United States, usually requires proof of citizenship in the form of a government-issued ID or a visa, something that an undocumented immigrant does not have.
Deferred action was enacted by President Obama last summer as a way to achieve some of the goals of the DREAM Act, which has yet to be passed in Congress. Some observers believe that the DREAM Act can benefit not only young undocumented immigrants but also the country as a whole as a way to help to fill agricultural and technological jobs that are currently vacant.
Deferred action allows applicants a shot at getting a visa without being required to leave the country first. This would permit them to live and work legally in the United States. For young undocumented immigrants who live in constant fear of being discovered and deported, deferred action is a godsend.
One of these young undocumented immigrants who dreamed of participating more fully in his community applied and was approved for deferred action recently. He was finally able to obtain a job at a university where he could help other minorities to get into college, a job that his parents could only dream of him having when they arrived in the United States with their family years ago.
Undocumented immigrants who are interested in applying for deferred action may benefit from talking to an attorney to discuss their options and the best way to proceed.
Source: The Daily Herald, “Young and undocumented have hope, face opposition,” Alejandro Dominguez, Jan. 20, 2013