After a unanimous vote, The Carrboro Board of Aldermen passed a resolution on Sept. 12 to assist town residents, who are beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The Board asked the town manager to identify funds and partner with and support Durham-based El Centro Hispano’s mission to help local DACA recipients. There is currently a $495 filing fee to request DACA, which, for many, can be difficult to afford.
If the Carrboro Aldermen were able to give the funds to the Dreamers, that would be a huge help to the families and those affected by DACA, said Eliazar Posada, the Community Engagement and Advocacy Manager at El Centro Hispano.
"DACA is what these kids cling to," he said. "That's what ensures that they don't go back into hiding."
While El Centro Hispano is sometimes able to connect DACA recipients with pro-bono lawyers and interest-free loans, there is no way to get around the $495 fee, Posada said. This is what the Carrboro resolution would provide funding for, along with spaces to meet with lawyers.