What Is Humanitarian Relief? – The Real Story

What Is Humanitarian Relief? - The Real Story

(RightWing.org) – When you think of humanitarian relief, you probably don’t think of immigration policy. Who would? The images that usually come to mind when the subject is broached include war-torn landscapes with Red Cross workers handing out supplies.

However, as the saying goes, charity begins at home. Humanitarian aid can, too — in this instance, through the nation’s compassionate immigration system.

For example, it covers the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Created in 2012 during the Obama administration, the program permits qualifying persons who entered the United States before reaching 16 years of age to remain in the country and legally work for at least two years provided they’ve lived in the United States continuously since the middle of June 2007. It doesn’t provide a pathway to citizenship and does require renewal every couple of years.

Individuals registered under DACA are commonly referred to as “Dreamers” and can get a social security number and full access to Medicare protections.

The Trump administration fully reinstated DACA on December 7, and immigration authorities began accepting new DACA applications immediately. The future of the program is unsure, with Washington gridlocked on immigration issues. But for now, the program offers meaningful humanitarian protections to successful applicants.

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