Hopefully, these people will be too scared to vote illegally in the 2018 elections:
For thousands of young men and women living in the U.S. illegally, a judge’s order in January amounted to a reprieve — a chance to renew their legal protections after President Trump’s decision last year to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
But many DACA recipients have been slow to reach for the lifeline, according to figures from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The pace of applications and renewals has picked up dramatically in the last few months, but many DACA recipients are still hanging back.
More than 9,000 people formerly protected by DACA already have lost their status and are now at risk of being deported.
Lawyers, activists and people enrolled in DACA say that part of the reason for the slow pace is confusion spawned by court fights. Part is also anxiety spawned by the unforgiving enforcement policies of the Trump administration.
“We’re telling people, ‘You need to renew.’ The problem is, they don’t trust that anymore,” said Elias Rosenfeld, a student and activist who was able to renew his own DACA protections. “It’s real fragile right now.”
Lawyers say some clients are afraid to put in renewal applications, worried about attracting attention from enforcement agents.