For many undocumented people, President Biden's Executive Order fortifying the DACA program was a big sigh of relief. But some said the future of undocumented immigrants is still uncertain.
"It's been such a heartache the last few years," Dulce Garcia, Immigration Lawyer with the Border Angels, said.
Garcia said the inauguration of President Biden was the start of a new chapter of Immigration Reform.
"I think we have the right momentum to finally get comprehensive immigration passed," Garcia said.
The attorney is a DACA recipient herself, who came to the United States when she was four years old. DACA or "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" gives legal protections to immigrants brought to the US by their parents.
In 2017, the Trump Administration wound down the program. But on his first day in office, President Biden pledged to preserve and fortify DACA.
"Even though there is an indication that the federal government now is looking to protect DACA recipients, there's still this uncertainty," Garcia said.
Garcia said that uncertainty is confusing the undocumented community. That is why she and the Border Angels hosted an Instagram Live session Tuesday afternoon, outlining the future for DACA recipients.
While the Biden Administration plans to allow more refugees and create an eight-year pathway to citizenship, Garcia said that is not law yet, since it has not gone through Congress. So in the meantime, she urged folks to apply or renew their DACA status to avoid deportation.
"We hope it ends up being a path that is humane and provides a way for people to migrate in a dignified way because it's been a long time coming," Garcia said.
For more information, contact the Border Angeles. They said they could set people up with a reputable immigration attorney or organization that does free case consultations.