Among the 11 million undocumented people living in this country are South Asians, including those from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Many are students who seek to go to college, spend time with friends and family, and pursue their professional interests. In fact, there were approximately 240,000 undocumented Indians in 2011 alone, making India the seventh highest country of origin for undocumented individuals in the United States. If you are undocumented and South Asian, you might be eligible for assistance under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.
What is daca?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a policy directive allowing undocumented youth relief from deportation (known as “deferred action”), for a specific period of time, if certain eligibility criteria are satisfied.
It is available for a two year renewable period and you can apply for employment authorization.
It does not mean you can get a green card or citizenship.
SAALT Resources on DACA
- Are you a DREAMer? DACA Could Improve Your Life
- Why DACA Isn’t Enough: Quotes from DACAmented South Asians