If you are not sure if you qualify for DACA and are nervous about speaking with someone about it, there are new tech tools that can help you find out.
It’s been nearly two years since President Obama signed a memo calling for deferred action for undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children and have pursued education or military service. People who receive DACA (for short), are protected from deportation, allowed to work, and in many states also obtain a driver’s license. They are also allowed to renew their status after two years.
At first, when the program launched in August 2012, thousands lined up to apply. However, over time this number has reduced. The Migration Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, estimates that there are still over 1 million people eligible for deferred action. However, less than half of these people have stepped forward and applied.
In attempts to get the word out about DACA, advocates have developed new tech-driven ways to reach out to these communities.
One of these new tools is the DACA Screening Interview, available for download at: http://www.weownthedream.org/eligibility/. By simply answering a series of 25 questions, you can find out if you qualify for DACA in 10 minutes!
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