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Immigration Advocate Sheds Light into Wave of Unaccompanied Minors

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Posted: Jun 6, 2014 4:27 PM

Updated: Jun 6, 2014 6:49 PM

McALLEN - The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may be behind the recent surge in unaccompanied minors entering the United States illegally, an immigration advocate said.

Tania Chavez, a representative with La Union del Pueblo Entero, also known as LUPE, said coyotes in Central America may be telling people that children can take advantage of the program and find work in the United States.

The Department of Homeland Security announced the process to renew enrollment in DACA Thursday. The program was set in place in 2012 and allows undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States before the age of 15 to obtain a temporary work permit.

Ramirez said there are many regulations and requirements to qualify for DACA.

"This is not something that new undocumented immigrants will be able to qualify for," she said.

Chavez says she expects an increase of people trying to obtain DACA. She said those already enrolled in DACA must renew their permit to keep from being deported.

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Topics: lupe, daca, tania chavez

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