JFON Houston Client Story
Meet Leydi, a 26-year-old citizen of Panama. Leydi came to the United States with her family when she was just 10 years old. She was 17 when then-President Obama issued an executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program, a policy that provides work permits and protection from deportation for young people who were brought to the U.S. as children without papers.
Leydi qualified for DACA, but her family couldn’t afford to pay the program filing fees or to hire a private attorney to help them.
Five years later, Leydi had finally saved the money needed to apply for DACA only to learn that the Trump administration had rescinded DACA and new applications were not being accepted. Her heart sank.
Years later, Leydi heard of the work JFON Houston was doing and made an appointment to see if there were other immigration pathways she could pursue. During her legal consultation, she learned that a court order at the end of 2020 reversed the ability for first-time DACA applicants to submit applications and that on January 20, 2021, President Biden signed an executive order, “Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).”
JFON Houston’s legal team helped Leydi complete her DACA application. Once the application is approved, Leydi will receive work authorization and have the opportunity to receive a Social Security number and a driver’s license. Leydi is excited to see what her future holds!
JFON Houston and BakerRipley will be hosting a "Drive-Thru Citizenship Forum on Saturday, March 27, 2021. Registration will begin at 9am at the Ripley House located at 4410 Navigation Blvd., Houston, 77011. All participants are asked to wear a face mask and remain in their car. Participants will receive free one-one-one citizenship application assistance. Please download the attached worksheet and complete it before you arrive.
For more information and to download the worksheet please click here.