The landmark initiative of President Obama to offer opportunities to work for the wards of illegal immigrants has been hailed as an act of human compassion laced with a hidden political agenda. It was in June 2012 Obama administration kicked off the program of illegal immigrants work permit work covering 1.7 million young undocumented immigrants as a temporary right to live and work openly in the United States without fear of deportation.
Not offering any citizenship, the program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) lacked the operational glitter of the Dream Act. The work permit immigration application fee costs $465 and the status will be renewed every two years. All immigration advocates called it a great victory despite its limitations.
The DACA program or Illegal Immigrants Work Permit Program is open to immigrants between 15 to 31 who came to the US before they were 16 and lived in the country for at least five years continuously.
The conditions for Obama Immigramt permit are they must not be convicted of serious criminal actions must have completed high school or served in the U.S. military.
According to the specifications for the DACA program, as published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the list of documents required are
- Proof of continuous residency
- Tax receipts
- Bank records
- Church confirmation
- Religious records, if any
The DACA is a consequence of President Obama’s pledge to break the of a congressional stalemate over the Dream Act and grant de facto residency to qualified immigrants who came to the country as children. After the program was set in motion undocumented families have been scrambling to assemble various school records, utility bills and documents to apply for the opportunity.
Out of Shadows
The work permit for immigrants, after the amnesty program of 1986 has been the biggest program to bring undocumented people out of the shadows and guide them towards a documented status. Critics called it a political stunt and a malafide program that seeks to reward lawbreakers at a time joblessness is soaring. The unemployment rate at 8.3 percent and it is unthinkable that the Obama administration’s prodded illegal immigrants to apply for work authorization in the U.S. It will undercut the 23 million unemployed or underemployed Americans.
Critics also point to its costs. Opponents and supporters agree that the two-year protection will be renewed indefinitely as happened in the case with Haitian refugees who gained such a status. Even if future administrations stop granting the protections, they will not be deported.
Immigration lawyers say many confirmed deportations have been posed as immigration officials reviewed the eligibility for deferred action.
Life after DACA
After the DACA work permit (Employment Authorization Card or I-766) is received the candidate can apply for a Social Security number, which the government will not issue automatically.
To obtain a Social Security Card, visiting a Social Security office in person is essential to complete and sign an application. The DACA work permit and proof of age and identity or a certified copy of one of the following:
- Foreign birth certificate
- Foreign passport
- U.S. military record
- U.S. military identification card
- School identification card
After the documents are verified, the Social Security Card will come in the mail within four weeks.