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Four Years Into DACA, Focus Is On Asian Youth

Four Years After Daca, Focus Is On Asian Youth


Erwin Mendoza, spokesperson, Alliance San Diego


Four years after President Barack Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, a local community advocacy group is launching a campaign to enroll Asian youth.

DACA allows certain young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to apply for a two-year deferral from deportation. The program also makes them eligible for a work permit.

According to Alliance San Diego, the Asian Pacific Islanders have the lowest rates of enrollment.

Spokesman Erwin Mendoza said more than 80 percent of eligible Mexican immigrants in the U.S. have applied for the program, but only 20 percent of Koreans and Filipinos have done so.

"There's a definite stigma among the Asian community of revealing yourself and saying 'I am here without papers,' so part of that is what is affecting the Asian population," Mendoza said. "So we want them to come forward and help them better their lives."

About 27,000 people are eligible for DACA in San Diego County, including 3,000 Asian immigrants.


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