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Overcoming Barriers to Applying for DACA: Loan Programs for Potential Applicants

A Guest Post by Michael Kavate of Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees

DACA can transform lives. A successful application—while by no means a cure-all—can be the first step toward a better job, higher earnings, and freedom from the fear of deportation. These benefits and others uplift not only the lives of the applicants, but those of their families and communities—a driver’s license offers access to more jobs, bank accounts help safely store earnings, and capital allows immigrants to make business investments for themselves or others. Yet for too many would-be beneficiaries, the $465 fee to submit an application is too high a barrier. Continue reading