Dreamer celebrates deferred action as possible executive orders loom

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Aug. 1, 2014

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – August 2014 marks the second year anniversary of when dreamers came out of the shadows and began applying for DACA; the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

While youths celebrate the immigration relief by holding panels, film viewings, and sharing how life has changed since the executive order, Filipinos have lagged in applications.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that there are at least 20,000 Filipinos who are qualified, but only some 4,000 have applied.

“I’m glad that the percentage has gone up since last year but I encourage all Filipinos who are eligible to apply for it because it is beneficial you get to have a job. You get to have a drivers license and it also puts you at the lowest priority of deportation,” said DACA recipient Madison Villanueva.

With comprehensive immigration measures stalled in Congress, President Barack Obama says he will use his executive powers to fix the immigration system.

It is speculated that the president will expand DACA to include undocumented parents of beneficiaries.

“It’s been really helpful but I still have my parents in mind and I hope that something comes for then soon. Obama did announce that administrative relief was coming up and I hope whatever comes up I hope would benefit parents,” explained Villanueva.

Despite Republican lawmakers’ threat to challenge the President on his executive orders, the possible DACA expansion is giving not only dreamers and advocates hope it is also creating a sense of urgency to encourage more applications.

You might as well get something that will at least out you in that line for possible something even better later in the future,” urged Tiffany Panlilio of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

The second year anniversary of DACA also marks the renewal period for the early DACA recipients.

The executive order is only good for two years at a time and renewal is encouraged especially if there is the chance that more family members can benefit.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Delia
    2 August 2014 at 7:54 am - Reply

    I DREAM of a country with secure borders. With a grateful immigrant population who is here to take part in the American experiment, who wants to contribute to it, and not just take from it. I DREAM of citizens who understand that their rights flow from God, and not Uncle Sam. I DREAM of a country who’s wealth is in the hands of the individual instead of the corporate/government collective.

  • Filam
    2 August 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    I also dream that the American dream
    Like good jobs with benefits comes
    Back for unemployed Americans

  • JRB
    2 August 2014 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    One thing I’m happy is the executive order is only for two years at a time and renewal. So after two years can we Americans tell this people go home and don’t come back we don’t need you all in America? Hey Obama you can do all you want to help this people that don’t belong in America, but as Americans “HATE” what your doing as our leader?

  • Filam
    2 August 2014 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    The “American Dream” now belongs to corrupt 3rd world illegal aliens who work the system. They take American jobs, work under the table, pay no taxes (or car insurance, etc.), file false IRS forms, plus get welfare benefits (free food, medical care, in some cases, housing). They drive their children to school in Escalades, and the kids get free breakfast and lunch.

    Meanwhile, millions of Americans, especially in the lower skilled and wage jobs, are unemployed. Those Americans still working are supporting them.

    And more are coming across the border every day.