DACA renewals are over, former recipients hope for legislative r

DACA renewals are over, former recipients hope for legislative reform

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The October 5 deadline for immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to file and renew their DACA permits has passed. The DACA initiative's future is uncertain with the administration and Congress struggling with how to approach immigration reform.

Saba Nafees, a Texas Tech student who is currently working towards her PHD in mathematical biology, is a DACA recipient. She was born in Pakistan and was brought to the U.S. by her parents when she was 11 years old and has lived here ever since. She's just one of the thousands of immigrants who applied for DACA when it was first introduced during the Obama administration.

"So I was one of those my parents were super encouraging and you know thought that this was a great step in the right direction so our attorneys and I applied for DACA and I got my DACA in February of 2013," said Nafees. 

The DACA program offers undocumented immigrants the opportunity to receive a renewable two year working permit. It also grants them access to education, and a driver's license.The future of DACA remains uncertain after the current presidential administration made the formal announcement last September that the program would be rescinded. 

"Now that its being rescinded and its going to go away a lot of us are questioning what is like to have an American dream and whether we will be able to pursue it," said Nafees. 

Congress now has 5 months left to come up with a solution and without legislative reform, the program will be terminated. 

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