Only those closest to us know that my Daughter-In-Law is a DACA recipient and in the process of applying for her permanent residency. With the termination of the DACA Program, we realized that the timeline for applying for residency needed to be shortened significantly. What a lot of people don't realize is that Silvia wasn't automatically granted residency because she is married to a citizen. Since she was brought to this country at age 5 without documentation, the process is expensive and complicated and requires that she leave her husband, children and the only home she has ever known in order to complete this process and be allowed back into the country.
Silvia will be required to travel to Juarez, MX, complete a physical, get a series of vaccinations ($600) and pay a large penalty ($1500+) for entering the US without documentation. (This is in addition to all of the fees and legal costs that she has already paid over the last 4 years. It will cost over $10, 000 in fees and legal costs to complete this process.)
Silvia will need to wait in Juarez, MX until she receives notification that she can return to the US. It is difficult to estimate how long this process will take. It can range from a few weeks to months. During this time, Silvia and Brandon will need to cover housing, food, and transportation costs for 2 households and calculate in the lost wages from Silvia's job and the time that Brandon will need to take off of work.
If there are any funds left over at the end of this process, we will be donating these funds to another family facing similar circumstances. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and helping us through this process.