Immigration News: June 14, 2022

June 15 is the tenth anniversary of the creation of DACA. June is also graduation month for many young people who missed out on DACA because of their age—they were not yet 15 years old when Trump started trying to end DACA, and you had to be 15 to apply. 

Reyna was too young to apply for DACA in 2017, when Trump canceled all new applications. Like an estimated 100,000 other undocumented high school graduates this year, she has no protection from deportation, no work permit, no way forward. 

[Los Angeles Times] “At 13, Reyna received her first planner. Since then, she’s rigorously scheduled nearly every day of her life: showers, meals, study time, university applications. If she planned carefully, she believed, she’d go to college and someday become a civil rights attorney.

“But Reyna, who was 2 when her mother carried her across the border from Mexico for the United States in 2006, is in the country without legal status. Perhaps most importantly, she was cut off from Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals — better known as DACA — an Obama-era policy that gave certain immigrant youths a work permit and protection from deportation.” 

[New York Times] “Tommy Esquivel graduated from Hollywood High School in Southern California last week with awards honoring his determination, his record of service and the highest average grade in his Advanced Placement environmental science class. …

“But Mr. Esquivel, 19, who grew up in Los Angeles without legal immigration status, faces significant obstacles to realizing his potential. He has limited access to financial aid for college. In many states, he cannot obtain a driver’s license. Without a Social Security number, he cannot legally work. And though he has lived in the United States since the age of 9, he could at any time face deportation to Guatemala.

“For the first time, a majority of the undocumented immigrants graduating from high schools across the United States have none of the protections offered over the past 10 years under an Obama-era program that shielded most of the so-called Dreamers from deportation and offered them access to jobs and help with college tuition.” 

And in other news

Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill that will extend new protection to youth aged 18-21. 

[CBS] “Before, the state of Minnesota only had a process in place for youth under the age of 18. This created an issue for immigrant youth 18-21 years old attempting to gain immigration protection under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

“SIJS is an immigration classification that allows for individuals to apply for and obtain legal permanent residence in the United States. It is available to certain undocumented immigrants under 21 who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by one or both parents.” 

After its initial report on Afghan refugee families facing eviction, Sahan Journal pulled together a list of ways to help.

[Sahan Journal] “Minnesota has welcomed more than 1,200 Afghans since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August. The state coordinated a robust emergency plan to house Afghan refugees. Now, they’re developing a plan with the federal government and local agencies to sustain housing for them.

“Here’s how you can help Afghans in Minnesota struggling with housing.” 

One small victory for British asylum seekers: at the last minute, a court stopped the flight that would have expelled asylum seekers to Rwanda. 

[New York Times] “A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights effectively halted the deportations, dealing a significant blow to a new migration plan outlined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government has been embarrassed by the arrival of asylum seekers crossing into Britain from France on small boats.”

About Mary Turck

News Day, written by Mary Turck, analyzes, summarizes, links to, and comments on reports from news media around the world, with particular attention to immigration, education, and journalism. Fragments, also written by Mary Turck, has fiction, poetry and some creative non-fiction. Mary Turck edited TC Daily Planet, www.tcdailyplanet.net, from 2007-2014, and edited the award-winning Connection to the Americas and AMERICAS.ORG, in its pre-2008 version. She is also a recovering attorney and the author of many books for young people (and a few for adults), mostly focusing on historical and social issues.
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