Deferred Action One Year Later

By Richard Guerrero

On August 2012 President Obama signed an executive order in to law known as Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals or DACA. This executive order gave more than half a million undocumented students conditional legal status for two years. One Chattanooga State student who received his deferred action certificate in December recently sat down with The Communicator and recounted how his life has changed once being granted legal status. Names have been changed to grant anonymity.

Guerrero: So, how has life changed in the past year?

Jordan: Life has changed drastically for me, I went from not being able to legally drive, and fearing every cop that I saw on the road, to having a license and not having to worry as much when I am on the road. I am also able to go to school, which was not possible when I was undocumented.

Guerrero: Do you feel any more American now?

Jordan: I have always considered myself American, I was not born here but I came at a very young age, English is my first language and I know no other culture other than American culture.

Guerrero: What has been the most difficult aspect of being part of the Deferred Action program?

Jordan: Mainly the uncertainty of it all, it is nice to be legal, sure. But I know that it is only for two years and renewal is conditional.

Guerrero: What comes next for you?

Jordan: Assuming I keep Deferred Action status, I will be attending Chattanooga State for another year, and then I will be going to a four-year university to pursue a degree in marketing. It is important for me and for the rest of the undocumented student population to not be satisfied with just Deferred Action status, a real push for true immigration reform has to be made.