There are many ways that having legal status in the United States can make life easier for a Kentucky resident. It makes the process of getting a license or job more streamlined, and it may make getting loans and other financial matters squared away less cumbersome. Most people know whether they have legal status, but for one population learning that they are not legal residents of the country may be surprising.
Dreamers, or children who are recognized under President Barak Obama’s executive order concerning Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, are individuals who were brought to the United States from outside of the country when they were young. In some cases, these children may have been brought into the United States as infants and may not have known that they did not have legal status until they wanted to apply for a driver’s license or seek loans to pay for college.
The current federal administration has attempted to override Obama’s DACA order and have individuals who are covered by this system subject to immigration and deportation proceedings. Because there are compelling legal arguments on both sides of the case, the United States Supreme Court has decided that it will hear arguments on whether DACA should be continued or abolished.
The eventual decision of the United States Supreme Court may change the course of life for thousands of young people in the country. Individuals without legal status do, though, have options for protecting their residency and changing their citizenship. They may wish to work with compassionate immigration attorneys to establish plans to protect their futures in the United States.