Kansas City, Missouri 2021-09-16 12:00:50 –
Kansas City, Missouri — Perla Terrones is American in almost every respect. She drives a pickup truck, works at a Ford assembly plant, pays taxes, goes to school, and speaks English without accents.
But on paper, Terrones is DREAMer, a term given to immigrants who were illegally brought into the country as children.
Terrones was born in Mexico and illegally came to the United States as a baby. She has identified herself as an American and has since gained legal status to live and work in the United States through a program called DACA, a program called Postponement of Childhood Arrivals.
“Most of the time I try to hide it,” Terrones admitted.
Now she is sharing her story to raise awareness.
DACA is familiar to most of her Hispanic friends and family. Her brother and sister are also DACA recipients. But when she raised it, her white friend was confused. There are about 700,000 DACA recipients nationwide.
DACA needs to be renewed every two years, recipients need to work or go to school and cannot have a criminal record among other requirements. It doesn’t provide a way to citizenship, it’s what Terrones wants to add.
“We want everyone at DACA to be legal, not temporary,” says Terrones.
Temporary is the keyword for Valerie Sprout, an immigration attorney representing approximately 75 DACA recipients, including Telones, at the McRammen Immigration Law Group in North Kansas City, Missouri.
“The design was to give these people who are part of the stability and predictability of our community,” Sprout said. “It hasn’t happened yet, and it’s very disappointing, and it’s really unfair.”
She pointed out that the policies surrounding DACA could be capricious with a new presidential or court ruling.
President Donald Trump sought to abolish the program altogether. The Supreme Court kept it.
Still, Mr. Sprout said the Biden administration did not live up to expectations within the immigrant community.
“I can speak for myself. I was disappointed that what I thought and wanted did not change. And not only did things get back to normal, but a lot of hope was fixed in this administration. It feels like it was done before Trump, but then again to improve it, “Sprout said. “But there seems to be no political will.”
The development, relief and education method for foreign minors, well known as the DREAM Act, has been pointed out by many DACA supporters as a permanent solution.
It will create a new law that gives DREAMers the option to become a citizen.
There are nearly 3 million DREAMers, most of whom have not applied for DACA or are not qualified for DACA.
The law has been discussed in Washington, DC for the past two decades, but has never been approved. A new version of this law is currently in front of lawmakers.
Opponents of the DREAM Act and DACA say they violate immigration law and reward those who are vulnerable to fraud.
“It feels like we’re short-changing these people who are worth more,” Sprout said.
Telones believes that the first step towards change is to face this immigration problem.
“The more Americans know about it, the more likely it is that this problem will be fixed,” she said.
Terrones hopes that sharing her story will change people’s views on immigration and lead to a lasting solution for DREAMers like her.
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