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  • Blogging: Youth Migrant Farmworkers Ineligible for DACA by DACA Field Report

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    by DACA Field Report Blog

    Youth Migrant Farmworkers Ineligible for DACA

    As hundreds of thousands of youths begin applying for DACA, there are still thousands who are deemed ineligible to apply. These individuals in question satisfy all requirements for DACA except one. They are not currently in school, do not have high school diplomas or GED certificates, nor are they honorably discharged veterans of the United States Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States. These undocumented youths entered the country before their sixteenth birthday, have resided in the country continuously not only since 2007 – the year set in the DACA guidelines – but since the time of their entry, they have never been convicted of any felonies and are under the age of thirty-one. These youths are what are known as migrant farmworkers. Working from the budding age of eleven or twelve, these children, out of compulsion, joined their families in the agricultural industry in order to supplement their family’s income. Working full-time – usually long hours – and under hazardous conditions, those fortunate few who were able to attend school were not so fortunate after all. Due to their constant migration, these children would change up to three schools in a given school year. This disables them from keeping up with classwork, maintaining a decent attendance record, and thusly, maintaining decent grades. As a result, the drop-out rates for migrant child farmworkers is four times the national average.

    With no high school diploma, or an equivalent certification, these migrant farmworkers are rendered ineligible for DACA. However, they are working out of compulsion. If given the opportunity to attend school, these children would, like their urban and suburban counterparts, take advantage of that opportunity. Do you think it is fair, then, that these individuals are still ineligible to apply for DACA? Share your thoughts!

    About The Author

    DACA Field Report Blog carries field reports on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals from multiple sources.

    The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) alone and should not be imputed to ILW.COM.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. LUPITA HERNANDEZ's Avatar
      On the regulations they mention currently in school, i think if they get enroll in school (ged) and their parents have record like medical records
      proving that they entered to the usa before their 16th. Birthday and before june 15,2007 . I think it is fair for them to apply for daca.
    1. kathih's Avatar
      kathih -
      This policy was enacted in haste and poorly developed. If DACA allows high-school dropouts to qualify for deferred action, why not allow these migrant workers?

      Why not allow those who aged-out due to the Administration's inaction, to apply for DACA? Of all of the eligibility requirements, age is the most arbitrary. Moreover, the promise of DACA is one of a return investment to the communities in which the beneficiaries reside. These migrant workers have contributed at the local, state and federal level through their hard labor and tax contributions. They've kept us fed and his employers competitive. Therefore, it is a matter of fairness and equality to allow them to improve their lives and those of their families by allowing them to apply for DACA.
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