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The Problem of 'Documented Dreamers'

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Padma Danturty is a legal resident in the United States. She has lived here since her 8th month. Her future here in America would have been more secured if she had arrived illegally.

Danturty, 18, is not eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program protects approximately 650,000 children who arrived in the U.S. illegally. DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers”, are not subject to deportation and can apply for work permits.

Danturty is one of approximately 200 000 “Documented Dreamers”, people legally brought into the U.S. by parents with student, work, or employment visas. If they do not obtain a visa or green card by age 21, these children could be deported.

India was her birthplace, and she claims that she doesn’t remember anything. “I cannot speak my native language so communication would be very difficult.” “I don’t really know what I would do.”

America’s Cultivation Of Hope and Inclusion For Long-Term Dependents Raised Natively Act would end this horrible scenario. To avoid being sent abroad, Documented Dreamers wouldn’t have to compete against the clock. Documented Dreamers would be able to work legally in the U.S.A and get driver’s licences in States where they are currently prohibited.

“I’ve heard from a number of my constituents that it affects their families,” says Rep. Deborah Ross (D–N.C.The House version was presented by Ross earlier in the year. “Many of their children come at young ages and really don’t know any other place….The parents might even be able to stay with a [work]Visa, however the child would need to leave. This is a terrible situation.

Pareen Mhatre (21 years old) arrived in America when she was just 4 months. As they wait for green card, Pareen Mhatre and her family have continued to be on work visas. This meant that their time was spent wading through red tape for many years. They will be permitted to remain if her visa expires, but will need to depart for India.

She says, “I have lived in this country the last 21 years.” It’s the only country that I really know.

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