Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report

It's not delivery. It's the grocery store.

Dec 5, 2019

Latest Episodes

Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Tech
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Have something you want Kai to explain? Let us know!

Some hail, some hesitate over immigration scheme

Jeff Tyler Aug 15, 2012
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Kai Ryssdal: Starting today, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children have a way to stay here a little longer — legally. Best guesses are almost two million people could be eligible for what’s called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative. Once they file the right paperwork and pay a fee of $465, qualified applicants get a renewable work permit good for two years.

Sounds like a bargain. Marketplace’s Jeff Tyler reports not everyone thinks so.


Jeff Tyler: Many who qualify for the Deferred Action program are taking a wait and see approach. Erick Huerta was 7 when his parents brought him to this country. Now he’s 28 and studying journalism at a college in East Los Angeles. He’s eligible for the program. But in an election year, he worries the rules could change. And he fears that information gathered now could one day be used to deport him.

Erick Huerta: Having had friends who have had parents deported, having friends deported, I know differently how things work on paper and how things are executed are two completely different things.

Robert Ratliff is an immigration attorney in Mobile, Ala. He says his clients have two concerns.

Robert Ratliff: One is that it’s a two-year program and they don’t know what’s going to happen at the end of two years. And, two, by applying for this program, are they exposing their family and maybe other non-qualifying siblings to the government.

The application process can be complicated and Ratliff says it’s not for everyone.

Ratliff: Everyone needs to consult an attorney or a licensed immigration representative to really see if this is the right program for them.

But consulting a lawyer means another expense. Ratliff charges between $300 and $2,000, depending on the complexity of the case. And for applicants like Erick Huerta, even the $465 application fee is a challenge.

Huerta: It’s not exactly chump-change. And that’s not something I have in the bank right now. I’m a student. I’m unemployed.

Many others are in the same boat. To raise money for the application fee, Huerta says some communities are holding fundraisers or yard sales.

I’m Jeff Tyler for Marketplace.

Fall of the Berlin Wall
Fall of the Berlin Wall
The financial lessons of Germany's reunification 30 years ago.  
Check Your Balance ™️
Check Your Balance ™️
Personal finance from Marketplace. Where the economy, your personal life and money meet.

‘Tis the season to give back!

 

Donate today to TRIPLE your impact, thanks to the Kendeda Fund.