President Obama’s immigration action could benefit millions of young undocumented people by granting them temporary deportation relief. But immigration advocates are worried that one group of people would be reluctant in taking advantage of the program: Asians.
The Deferred Action program started in 2012 Young undocumented Asian people for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program since it was launched in 2012. According to the organization Asian American Advancing Justice, only 25 percent of Koreans and Filipinos eligible for deferred action have applied. For Chinese, who make up the biggest undocumented Asian population in the country, the number is so low it is statistically negligible.
What are the factors contributing to such a low turnout? What can be done about it?
Betty Hung, Esq., Policy Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, an organization working to advance civil and human rights for Asian Americans
Michelle Yoon, Executive and Development Assistant at the organization, California Immigrant policy Center. She is also a member of ASPIRE, an organization that works with young undocumented Asian Pacific Islanders in Los Angeles