We first introduced you to Pascual Callejas a few months ago. He's an ASU student, a senior, and a dreamer. He's part of the DACA program. With President Donald Trump’s latest announcement about ending the program, our Senora Scott sat down with him to get his reaction.
“When they said it's over, we're ending it, it hit me extremely hard. The first things I did was call my parents and my older brother and some of my friends who also had DACA.”
“For those who don't know or not aware of this program how would you explain it to them?” Senora Scott asked.
“So basically, it's if you were brought to the US as a kid. You have to be under the age of 16 I believe and then you have to have lived in the US for 5 years.
You basically apply for the program. You have to submit a background check and it provides a work permit and a temporary deferred action from deportation so it means you can't be deported for a period of 2 years and after those 2 years have ended you have to renew.
Then you're kinda in a limbo of is my work permit going to be approved or am I going to lose everything? So that was always uncertain but now that the program's completely ended I mean, we're back to square one back to not knowing whether I’m going to have a work permit, whether I’m going to be able to live here legally, whether I’m going to have a job, whether I’m going to continue to have my driver's license or a social and continue to go to school.
We'll see if congress and the government can get together and pass something, pass the dream act and bring that back to life or introduce another form of legislation.
This next 6 months is going to determine the rest of my life.
The way to show your support for DACA for dreamers is to call your members of congress and let them know that you do support DACA,” Callejas said.