DACA’S UNCERTAIN FUTURE
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) enabled hundreds of thousands of immigrant youth to come out of the shadows and fully integrate into their communities by pursuing higher education, obtaining a driver’s license, and upgrading jobs. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ rescission of DACA threw the immigrant community into uncertainty. Since then, several court cases have required the government to accept DACA renewals, but it is unclear how those cases will ultimately be resolved.
Albuquerque and Santa Fe are two of only 14 cities nationwide awarded funding through Cities for Citizenship (C4C) “America is Home,” a four-year, $5 million initiative aimed at supporting municipalities and community partners across the nation in the promotion of citizenship. NMILC joined several grassroots community partners in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe to provide free legal information and services.
There are currently an estimated 20,000 lawful permanent residents eligible to apply for citizenship in Albuquerque and 4,000 in Santa Fe. Through the campaign, we will be able to help eligible immigrants in New Mexico become U.S. citizens, build security for families and have a stronger voice about the issues that impact our community.