Kids in school will surely be affected by DACA’s rescinding
By Marivir R. Montebon
New York City – Bergenfield Council president Arvin Amatorio urged recipients of the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to seek immediate advice from an immigration attorney to find out if there is a possible relief or that their conditions may have changed since they availed of DACA.
“As I always advice, stay away from trouble that would invite attention from authorities, especially the ICE,” he said in an interview with OSM!.
Amatorio, an immigration lawyer by profession, is seeking reelection for a council seat in Bergenfield on November 7 under the Democratic Party.
He expressed concern that the ending of the DACA will surely affect the youth, especially those attending schools. “Many of these kids came here with their parents while they were still young and had no ability to consent to overstay their visas,” he said.
Amatorio opined that local communities should call their representatives in Congress to legislate relief measures and help these kids stay legally. There are currently 15,000 Filipino residing in Bergenfield in New Jersey, home to the largest Filipino population in the East Coast.
He said that his office is ready to assist Filipinos in need of legal assistance and will coordinate with the Philippine Consulate of New York whenever necessary.
Meanwhile, the New America Media reported several legal challenges this week. Martin Batalla Vidal, a DACA recipient here filed suit in federal court, represented by Make the Road New York, the National Immigration Law Center, and the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School.
On September 6, a coalition of 16 state attorneys general filed another law suit. Former Secretary of Homeland Security and current University of California President Janet Napolitano announced on Sept. 8 that she is also filing charges against the Trump administration in order to protect DACA recipients.
Pres. Trump on September 5, 2017 rescinded the DACA and urged Congress to pass protective measures for its recipients. Congress has until March 5, 2018 to pass a law that would protect the Dreamers from being deported to the home countries of their undocumented parents.