The DACA program that shields undocumented young people from deportation and gives them the ability to work legally in the U.S. has been in limbo since last year, when President Trump announced plans to phase it out.

by Carlos Saucedo

SAN FRANCISCO – The program still allows recipients to continue renewing their applications.

DACA has protected around 700,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

“I think I found out I was undocumented around junior, senior year of high school,” said Beatrice Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant.

She moved to Oakland with her family when she was 4 years old. She said she began to understand what her status meant when applying for college.

“That’s when I realized it was going to be tough for me because I didn’t have a social security number,” she recalled.

In 2013, Sanchez applied for DACA protection so she could stay in the country, free from the fear of being deported.

DACA recipients must renew their application every two years to stay current, but the $500 application fee can be prohibitive.

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