Wednesday, October 1, 2014
NPR reports that Mexico is helping some of its citizens with paying fees to apply for relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Mexican consulates are helping some unauthorized immigrants from Mexico pay application fees for DACA relief.
Since the Obama administration created the DACA program in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given temporary work permits that last for at least two years. But 45 percent of those who are eligible for DACA have not applied, and the cost may be holding some back. Immigrants must pay $465 to the Department of Homeland Security for fees related to the work permit and for required fingerprinting. Mexican consulates around the U.S. have been paying those fees for some applicants through a program for Mexican citizens with financial need.
The Mexican government states that it is seeking to help its citizens living and working in the United States. The support may be a response to claims for years that the Mexican government fails to do enough for its citizens in the United States. Recent years have seen increasing efforts by Mexican consulates in the United States to protect the rights of its citizen workers in the United States and provide other services.
An official with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which reviews DACA applications, told NPR that foreign governments are not restricted from providing filing fees.