The Roads Not (Yet) Taken: Supporting Access to Immigration Protection and Citizenship

Publication Year: 
2016
Author: 
GCIR
Publisher: 
GCIR

ADVISORY (Nov. 11, 2016) - Before consulting this resource, please first review the resource page we have assembled on how to proceed given the possible cancellation of the DACA program. In particular, consider United We Dream's recommendations, Immigrant Legal Resource Center's factsheet, and National Immigration Law Center's guidance, all of which address issues for DACA beneficiaries and would-be applicants.

A successful application for immigration protection or citizenship can be transformative—financially and psychologically—for immigrants and their families. Access to specific immigration remedies can free individuals from workplace exploitation and the constant threat of deportation and family separation, while also raising wages and expanding career options. Yet the complexity of U.S. immigration law and limited access to affordable, qualified legal service providers are formidable obstacles to those seeking information and services. This document outlines the barriers eligible immigrants face in obtaining legal services, the importance of those services, and the possible forms of immigration protection.