With the presidential election on the horizon, undocumented students and their families are questioning whether or not they should apply for the deferred action program. During the Republican Convention, Mitt Romney made no comment about deferred action, leaving undocumented students afraid of applying. “The Dreamers” do not know whether or not Romney is going to support the action if he is appointed as the next president.
Obama, on the other hand, made the program active before the elections. He promised undocumented students – the Dreamers – deferred action at the beginning of his presidency, but he didn’t finalize his promise until now.
“We all know it is a political move,” said Raul Z. Moreno, the Fresno State migrant services coordinator. “I don’t care if it is a political move because as long as President Obama gives my undocumented students something to protect them I am fine with the move.” “Obama is giving something to my students,” he added. “What is Romney giving them?”
It is highly recommended that undocumented students apply for deferred action as soon as possible. Moreno urges students not to hesitate or be afraid of the coming re-elections.
But undocumented students are concerned that the action will be revoked and they will get deported. If you don’t apply for deferred action and the border patrol comes along, you are gone, according to Moreno. Students and their families are afraid to apply and he understands this. “Look at the fact that you’re here undocumented. That is already a risk, so if you’re saying that applying for deferred action is a bigger risk, it’s not,” he said.
If eligible, students need to apply as soon as possible. The application process can be complicated, and undocumented students should take the time, with their families, to gather their documents and ask the necessary questions regarding the process.