Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Documented DREAMers in Silicon Valley

The phenomenon of "Documented DREAMers" looms large in Silicon Valley. In the land of technology companies that employ foreign workers, the children of these foreign workers accompany their parents as derivatives on temporary work visas such as an  H-1B visa. Over time, the children age and now 40,000 of these children are approaching adulthood and struggling to find independent ways to stay in the U.S.

Congress contemplated the scenario of aging out and enacted the Child Status Protection Act to make up for administrative delays that contribute to an immigrant child no longer being considered a minor for purposes of a derivative visa. However, as described in a prior ImmigrationProf blog post, aging out is exacerbated by the decades-long wait times to apply for admission from countries like India and China and excessive USCIS backlogs. Like other DREAMers, these children have lived large chunks of their lives in the U.S. and may face difficulty returning to a homeland they scarcely know. Unlike other DREAMers, these children are ineligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program because they were in lawful status when they entered the U.S. 

The Bay Area's public radio station KQED offers these profiles of documented DREAMers.

Documented DREAMer



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