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Protestors Won’t Give Up on Immigration Reform

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“We are doing as much outreach as humanly possible,” he said. “But there are a lot of people who haven’t participated in DACA because of fear of being deported.”

Potential clients, ironically, worry their personal information, shared with the government, will be used to deport them when the two-year DACA period is up. (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to renew DACA when it expires in September, possibly quelling some of these concerns.) Others worry the information may be used to deport non-qualified family members.

About 1.09 million people are eligible for DACA nationally, yet of those, just under half have applied, according to the Migration Policy Institute. In Texas, which has the second highest number of those eligible nationwide, a little more than half of the 165,000 potential undocumented immigrants take part in the program.

Tijerina also points to a wait-and-see approach to national legislation as another impediment to potential DACA enrollees.

“And on the other hand, a lot of people didn’t apply for DACA because there’s been such a groundswell for immigration reform that leads many to just say ‘I’m just going to wait’—but that reform hasn’t come.”

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services DACA helpline: (844) DAC-ANOW

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