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Google to pay $250G in DACA fees to cover more than 500 Dreamers
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Google said Tuesday it will create a $250,000 grant to cover fees for 500 Dreamers applying or renewing their applications under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
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The company said it has “long supported” DACA, the Obama-era program that allows people who came to the United States as children to request deferred immigration enforcement and work authorization for a renewal period of two years.
Google officials said this week they "believe it's important that Dreamers have a chance to apply for protection under the program so that they can safeguard their status in the United States."
"Unfortunately, DACA’s immediate future is uncertain," Google said, referring to a U.S. district court in Texas' move indicating that it could "soon issue a ruling against DACA and bar new applications and ultimately renewals as well, leaving countless Dreamers in limbo during this uncertain time."
Google said that due to "economic hardship" brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, "especially for the many immigrants playing essential roles on the frontlines," there is concern that Dreamers cannot afford to pay their application fees.
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"We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers," Google said.
The company said the grant will build on more than $35 million in support that Google and its employees have contributed over the years "to support immigrants and refugees worldwide.”