One of the big reasons immigrants come to this country is to give their children better opportunities than they had growing up. Parents want their children to enjoy the freedoms and education that they may have never had. But for many people who immigrate to the Los Angeles area as children, they may feel stuck after graduating from high school because of their inability to get a job without having a legal status.
This was the case for one young adult whose family brought him to California from Mexico as a baby. He was able to break through his frustrating situation recently when he was approved for deferred action and will be allowed to work and go to school legally for two years. Once the two years are up, he can apply again.
The 25-year-old had endured years of not being able to get a job after graduating from high school because of his undocumented status. He grew frustrated from spending his time helping out around the house and playing video games. He finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel when plans for deferred action were announced. He hired an attorney to help him with the paperwork, and although he met all the requirements, because he did not have a job, he could not prove that he had lived in the United States continuously since graduating from high school.
His lawyer worked with him and eventually found an unorthodox way of proving his continual residency. He was able to use records from his video game system that proved that he had purchased and downloaded games at a U.S. address during the time period in question. These records did the trick, and the man was granted deferred action. He has already happily secured two jobs.
If you wish to live and work in the United States without your undocumented status getting in the way, you may wish to do what this young man did and speak with an immigration attorney.
Source: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, “Sheboygan man’s video game history helps him stay in U.S.,” Georgia Pabst, Mar. 24, 2013