Chapter 16: The U.S. response to undocumented immigrant youth: "deferred" mobilities in New York
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The executive action known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was announced by President Obama in June 2012. It is a policy allowing some undocumented immigrant youth, who meet very specific criteria, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action or temporary relief from deportation. The program does not ‘provide a path’ to citizenship for recipients, but they are eligible for work permits. The DACA program was suspended for new applicants on September 5, 2017, by the Trump administration, putting the nearly one million people who had already applied at risk of deportation. This chapter, dealing with deferred mobility, contributes to one central argument: more community- or faith-based organizational support and less negative interactions with police foster social mobility for DACA recipients in the city, while those in suburban towns are closer to immobility due to intense police scrutiny, even with minimum help from any type of organization.

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