BALTIMORE (Reuters) – When Maricruz Abarca studied three years ago that she was given the legitimate right
According to a United States government program called Deferred Action for Childhood to work in the United States and avoid deportation, she began to cry.
PHOTO FILE: United States Supreme Court is seen in Washington, USA, Jun. 11, 2018. REUTERS/Erin Schaff/image files
After years of illegal living in the darkness after moving to the United States from Mexico at the age of 15 to join the relatives in New Jersey, she could eventually make concrete plans for the future.
“There is a chance to be legitimate and not afraid of being expelled, it’s just a big plus – and going to bed every night without thinking about what will happen to my kids,” Abarca, 31, said in an interview on the University of Baltimore campus , where she is studying with aspirations to become a lawyer.
Abarca is one of about 660,000 people, called “Dreamers,” covered by DACA, which is created to protect immigrants entering the United States illegally or overin a visa such as children. DACA was made in 2012 by Democratic president Barack Obama. Republican President Donald Trump in 2017 moved to cancel the program, although he was blocked by various court ruling.
For Abarca, DACA has provided concrete benefits. It helped her to become eligible for lower in college tuition fees and get a license as a car dealer. It also provides security for her family, including three…