For hundreds of thousands of young legal immigrants, the clock is ticking toward self-deportation.
Dip Patel was born in India, but after a stop in Canada, he came to the United States legally on his parents’ work visa when he was just nine years old.
Country caps on certain employment-based visas mean when more than 200,000 – like Dip – turn 21 years old, they age out of the system, are forced to wait in line for a green card or even leave the country.
“Something that most people aren’t aware of, that it’s possible for an immigrant child to be brought here legally, be raised and educated here, but then still not have a clear way to stay or a path to citizenship,” Patel told Fox News.
Documented Dreamers hold a press conference on Capitol Hill, Aug. 4, 2022. (Pool Video)
Patel and others in his group, Improve the Dream have worked for years to try and bring awareness to documented dreamers. Fox News first interviewed him in 2019. Advocates from both sides of the aisle are working to slow down the ticking clock.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office. (Reuters/Keith Bedford)
“We are termed as documented dreamers. That is to emphasize that we are children who grew up here, but we did have some sort of a documented legal status, he said.
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