By Cynthia Germain
With changes to the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals policy looming, local Hispanics look to a resource center in Sturgeon Bay for help. DACA had allowed for some individuals who entered the country as minors, termed as Dreamers, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. Imelda Delchambre, Executive Director of the Hispanic Resource Center of Door and Kewaunee Counties, says that in addition to the personal assistance that the center provides in employment, social services, healthcare and lifestyle concerns, they work with families regularly to address DACA and immigration matters. Delchambre notes that many Dreamers in the area are children of immigrants having worked on local farms for many years who want their children to have better education and work opportunities.
Studies show that there are no known major adverse impacts from DACA on native-born workers’ employment while most economists say that DACA benefits the U.S. economy. Delchambre says that the changes to DACA has split families with forced deportation and that the uncertainty has dramatically increased stress in Hispanic young people. She adds that citizenship application is a legal process requiring an attorney, the cost of which is over $2000. Delchambre says that the resource center balances their financial help with DACA and immigration matters with the myriad of other services provided to help Hispanics thrive in the counties.