By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC:- In the past couple of months, the number of young and undocumented “dreamers” applying for the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefits has crossed 2,500.
In January 2021, the incumbent Biden administration announced that it would start accepting DACA applications for the young children, who were brought from other countries by their undocumented parents.
The erstwhile Trump administration had blocked receiving applications for the DACA benefits, which was overturned by a ruling of a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York in December 2020.
In his ruling, US District Judge Nicholas Garaufis said that the then Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf had no right to revoke the DACA program by stopping taking new applications.
“Neither Administrator Gaynor nor Mr. Wolf currently possesses, nor have they ever possessed, the powers of the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security,” Judge Garaufis said in his order.
The DACA program prevents the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit from deporting the DACA recipients, while providing them with education and work permits, as well, at a legal age.
Former President Barack Obama introduced the DACA program in 2012 based on humanitarian considerations to the future of innocent children brought by their undocumented parents.
The December 2020 order of the federal judge paved way for hundreds of dreamers to apply for the DACA benefits, even restoring the DACA program from one year to two years.
In January 2021, Google announced a grant of $250,000 to a non-profit “United We Dream”, which works for the immigrants’ rights. In particular, the non-profit would utilize the fund for covering the costs of about 500 dreamers for them to be able to apply for the DACA benefits.
“We believe it’s important that ‘Dreamers’ have a chance to apply for protection under the program so that they can safeguard their status in the United States,” Kent Walker, Google’s Senior Vice President, was quoted as saying.
As per an estimate, there are more than 645,000 dreamers included by the DACA program.