This memorandum and the overall policy of the administration has made things more uncertain for DACA dreamers. According to the Migration Policy Institute, 66,000 children became ineligible for DACA after the Trump administration terminated the program. The Supreme Court’s decision was a beacon of hope for these children; however, the new DHS terms have locked them out of contention again. Besides the eligibility of new applicants, the policies will likely give rise to a host of other issues for the already-challenged migrants.
One of these issues is the health of individuals. Research suggests that DACA eligible individuals are more likely to seek health care and less likely to delay care because of financial issues. With the very real possibility of deportation, eligible applicants will, naturally, be less likely to seek health care even if they are suffering from a serious health condition.
An equally important issue is education. Without DACA, higher education will likely not be available at all to the children. At present, children with an approved DACA request can receive higher education at in-State rates in multiple States.
Perhaps the most unfortunate thing about this discriminatory DACA policy is that the presence of migrants is not only beneficial but also necessary for economic growth. The United States has an aging population: research suggests that people over the age of 65 will make up almost 25% of the population by 2025. However, in comparison to other countries with an aging population, such as China, Japan, and Germany, the United States’ economy has not been affected to the same extent by the aging population because of steady immigration.
Trump’s policies are leading to a drop in legal immigration, and a continuation of the current policies will only make the situation worse. If you are a DACA-eligible person – in the absence of deferred action – you can look to support immigration advocacy groups that are officially challenging the DACA-related actions of the USCIS.
Richard Herman is a nationally renowned immigration lawyer, author, and activist. He has dedicated his life to advocating for immigrants and helping change the conversation on immigration. He is the founder of the Herman Legal Group, an immigration law firm launched in 1995 and recognized in U.S. World News & Report’s “Best Law Firms in America.” He is the co-author of the acclaimed book, Immigrant, Inc. —Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (John Wiley & Sons, 2009). Richard’s poignant commentary has been sought out by many national media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, FOX News (The O’Reilly Factor), National Public Radio, Inc., National Lawyers Weekly, PC World, Computerworld, CIO, TechCrunch, Washington Times, San Francisco Chronicle and InformationWeek.