The EAD or Employment Authorization Document is a work card with your picture and fingerprint on it. It allows you to apply for either a social security number if you don’t have one, or if you do have one it is proof you are authorized for work. It also works as an identification card for many federal purposes. It looks like a modified driver’s license. (It is distinctly different in appearance from a green card).
DACA registrants are generally people in their late teens, but mostly in their early to late 20’s and they need to work. Being here without being able to work is on many levels unacceptable from their personal, legal and societal perspectives. The inability to work, for an adult, means that in many cases someone who has a family is unable to support or help support a spouse and U.S. Citizen children. Which then forces the family to accept federal or state, or both, benefits.
This seems to be a quagmire this program falls into because the Republican-led drive against the expansion of the program to the DAPA proposed program that would allow for the parents to get work authorization, and the refusal to allow the EAD’s to go over 3 years.
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