"Late spring is graduation season for schools across the United States. It's a time of joy and hope for many, but for DACA recipients and their families it can bring added anxiety. For many of these 'DREAMers,' the threat of deportation looms over their graduation celebrations," NPR reports.
"NPR's Scott Simon spoke with Jessica Moreno-Caycho, a DREAMer graduating this May from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Moreno-Caycho said she came with her family to the United States from Peru in 2003. She was 8 years old when she arrived.
'I remember my family, our home, the school that I used to go to, a couple of the parks. But they are very distant memories,' Moreno-Caycho told NPR. She said that for all practical purposes she considers herself an American.
Under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, children brought to the United States illegally by their parents are temporarily shielded from deportation. The program, which was created by the Obama administration in 2012, allows Moreno-Caycho to work, drive, and obtain a social security number.
'Having that little bit of privilege,' Moreno-Caycho said, allowed her to pay for her college tuition. 'Especially because as undocumented people here in Virginia we are not eligible for any state financial aid and much less any federal financial aid to begin with.'"
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Publication Date: 5/15/2018