by Katelynd Day
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program that Obama announced in June was open for applications on Wednesday.
According to the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), if you are an illegal immigrant, pay $465 and can prove that you:
you will be granted a two-year deportation deferral and a work permit. By obtaining a work permit, illegal immigrants will be able to receive documents and benefits that were previously off limits. They will be able to obtain social security numbers, and apply for driver’s licenses, professional certificates, and financial aid as well as numerous other state and federal benefits.
Opening these programs up in a time of high unemployment and increasing debt will only exacerbate an already weak economy and the burden to pay the bill will fall on American citizens; a sentiment with which the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, agrees.
Brewer on Wednesday signed an executive order reiterating that state agencies are required to deny licenses and other taxpayer-funded public benefits to “unlawfully present aliens.” That includes those undocumented immigrants who are approved to stay and work in the U.S. for another two years under the federal government’s new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. “The issuance of Deferred Action or Deferred Action USCIS employment authorization documents to unlawfully present aliens does not confer upon them any lawful or authorized status and does not entitle them to any additional public benefit,” Brewer’s order said.
It is likely that a legal challenge from groups who oppose the ban will be raised. With any luck the ban will stand in the face of an executive order that was a backhanded attempt to enforce the failed DREAM Act.