Yara Hidalgo, a student teacher at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools in San Jose, was mentioned in an editorial on CNN.com by Archbishop John C. Wester, of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Archbishop cited Hidalgo as someone who would benefit from the Supreme Court taking action and allowing the Executive Order signed by President Obama in November 2014 that would provide temporary protection from deportation and work permits for five-to-six million unauthorized immigrants.
The executive actions would expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to a larger number of people who came to the United States as minors and who lack legal immigration status. It would also create a parallel program for the parents of the U.S. citizens and legal residents known as DAPA.
Hidalgo’s job was made possible when she qualified for an earlier, more limited version of DACA. In addition, DACA also made it possible for Hidalgo to get her driver’s license and help support her family.
As a two-year old, Hidalgo came to the U.S. from Nayarit, Mexico. She has four younger siblings who are all U.S. citizens. Her mother has been waiting 15 years to get legal status. Her father is also undocumented. In the editorial the Archbishop said both parents could probably benefit from DAPA. He added if either parent is deported it would fall on Hidalgo to support her siblings. The parents believe their children would benefit more from growing up in the U.S.
Wester is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration and a former board member of CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc.).