It has been a year since President Barack Obama ordered creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which grants legal status to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. 15,000 Arizona young people have been approved for work permits and protection from deportation. But volunteer Kat Sinclair with Keep Tucson Together says thousands more are choosing to remain in the shadows out of fear.
Sinclair works with a legal clinic that has helped more than 500 so-called “dreamers” apply for Deferred Action. She says the biggest frustrations among those approved involve their continuing denial of access to driver's licenses and in-state tuition.