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180,000 California immigrants taking advantage of DACA program

California residents who are interested in immigration issues may wish to know some statistics about the implementation of the DREAM Act in California. While many have applied for deferred deportation, there are still many others who are not taking advantage of the program, according to reports.

According to a report from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, 180,000 young people in California have applied for relief from the threat of deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This number is the highest in the nation. However, the Migration Policy Institute says that this number represents only around half of those in California who would be eligible for the program.

A spokesperson from the Own the Dream campaign, which is an organization tasked with getting the word out about the program, says that financial issues are the major cause for the discrepancy between eligible individuals and actual applicants. Applying for the program costs $465. Because of this, Own the Dream offers scholarships to cover the application fee.

Once accepted to the program, a person who entered the country illegally as a child would be given a two-year deferral from deportation proceedings. Additionally, that person is also given a work permit. These benefits are contingent on the applicant meeting certain requirements, which could include going to school or enlisting in the military.

Understanding the complex immigration and work permit system in the U.S. can be difficult without the help of an attorney. Employment immigration attorneys may be able to provide advice to clients and assist them with applying for an visa and work permits.

Source: KPBS, "Only Half Of Eligible Immigrants In California Apply For ‘Dreamers’ Program", Jill Replogle, August 15, 2014

Source: KPBS, "Only Half Of Eligible Immigrants In California Apply For ‘Dreamers’ Program", Jill Replogle, August 15, 2014

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