Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa covering $495 immigration renewal fee for ’Dreamers’

16 September 2020

Since graduating from Sonoma State University with a degree in sociology in the spring, Margarita Mejia has been working two jobs, trying to save money for graduate school. Mejia, 24, is an aide at a skilled nursing facility, and a case worker at a company that helps young adults with intellectual and developmental issues.

She is also a so-called “Dreamer” — someone the Trump administration would dearly like to deport. Born in Mexico, she came to the United States when she was 8 years old. Mejia remains in the country under protections offered by the Obama-era program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.

The Trump administration tried to dismantle that program, which protects her and some 700,000 young immigrants across the country, but was rebuked in June by the U.S. Supreme Court, which upheld DACA.

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