Today I got to meet Audrey Singer, author of a recent report published the Brookings Institute. The report looks at the implementation of the DACA program which helped thousands of young people who came to the U.S. as children to get work permits and social security numbers so that they can get loans for college and work legally. What we have learned from the program can help us create better immigration policy for people overall.
What I find particularly interesting about the report is the fact that the program relied almost entirely on local organizations to actually educate people about the program and help them apply and yet it did nothing to provide the funding or the structure for it.
In fact next Sunday, October 4th, I will be volunteering at Mexicanos Juntos at their DACA workshop to review applications and troubleshoot any issues that may arise. This is the kind of work that is desperately needed in our community and yet there is little to no funding for it.
As an attorney I can also say that there was very little guidance about the program and a lot of us were pretty much guessing at was required for several years. It wasn’t until we gathered information from each other and shared our experiences that we got a better feel for what immigration was looking for when they approved an application and what was missing when they denied an application.
This is why it’s important to find a lawyer who is connected to other attorneys and stays up to date with the most recent information so that you can be assured that they are properly advising you.
Read more about the report here: