Late Friday, a federal judge reversed Trump administration rules limiting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and instructed the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting new applications starting today.
Joel Rivera’s application is ready.
The 19-year-old Metropolitan State University of Denver student decided against applying for DACA during the Trump presidency because he was afraid his information would be used to deport his family. That decision was made even more difficult by the fact that his sister Ruth, 22, was granted status during the Obama administration by the program providing work authorization and deportation protections for close to 700,000 people brought to the U.S. as children.
Receiving DACA status would jump-start Joel Rivera’s dream of serving the only country he’s ever known, he said.
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