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OCA Recognizes Fourth Anniversary of Beginning of DACA Program

Wednesday, August 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
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15 August 2016


CONTACT:  Nick Lee | Senior Communications Associate


202 223 5500 |


WASHINGTON, D.C. OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates recognizes the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


Four years ago on August 15, 2012, the federal government began accepting applications for DACA in an effort to provide much needed relief to undocumented individuals brought to the United States as children. The program provides temporary work authorization to undocumented individuals brought the country as children, including tens of thousands of eligible Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. President Obama planned to extend this program to more young people and also the parents of DACA-eligible individuals, but these plans were stymied by an injunction by the lower courts and eventual non-decision by the Supreme Court this past July.


“Four years ago, many young people who came into adulthood in America were given a new lease on life,” said Leslie Moe-Kaiser, OCA National President. “Individuals like Ivy Teng Lei, a former OCA – New York Chapter Board Member, were given the opportunity to give back to the country they call home and work towards their own professional and personal success. Through DACA, she was able to overcome the obstacles of her immigration status and pursue her dreams. However, even though there are thousands of these success stories that we can attribute to the DACA program, there are many more who still have yet to apply to receive relief. So on this fourth anniversary of the opening of DACA, we continue to implore program-eligible immigrants to apply for protected status.”


“Though anti-immigrant forces have vociferously opposed the president’s deferred action programs from the start, DACA remains a primary source of relief for thousands of immigrants nationwide four years later. OCA will continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform, the only way we can fully solve the immigration issues affecting our country,” concluded Moe-Kaiser.


OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to improving the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans (APAs).



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