Financial success a barrier to work permit

Karen writes, "I meet all the eligibility requirements for DACA, but I am really worried that because I have quite significant assets I will not be eligible for the work permit. I will skip the details of how the net worth of a 26-year old illegal immigrant got to be over $100,000 (yes, I am already a homeowner who bought a small home in cash using my savings) but the bottom line is that since high school, rather than partying or shopping, I saved every penny I earned through all sorts of odd jobs.  I was hoping to save for college, but it turns out that my hard work paid off and I attended college for free on full scholarships, and whatever expenses I had, were paid for by my parents.  Right now I pay my property taxes and have also paid my federal and state income taxes using the ITIN that I have, though, I also work with a fake Social Security number.  Looking at where I am, I get depressed that after working so hard and saving every penny I could, I might get hurt now because I might not be able to demonstrate an economic necessity to work.  Even now, despite being a college graduate, I work as a waiter at two restaurants.  If I could drive, I would earn even more, and if I had an EAD, I might earn a lot more.  I don't know if I should move forward with the DACA process.  Please advise.  I am hoping that because of my paying all my taxes, I might be spared the penalty for working illegally."

Let me make it simple for you.  Wait for a few more months to watch what happens to other DREAMers, who get rejected/accepted and why.  You have some troublesome areas.  You have been working without authorization, which is a serious crime.  And yes, it is complicated, but you have to understand that the American people owe nothing to you and this act of their generosity is designed to help only the most vulnerable and desperate, rather than those who have it good, like you.  It was this logic that made it important to demonstrate an economic necessity in order to be given an authorization to work.

Since at this time we do not really know what is the benchmark for a work permit as far as assets and income are concerned, it is impossible to say if you will be denied on that basis.  In coming months we will find out as some decisions start to pour in.  In the meantime, you should start meeting with immigration and tax attorneys to get your house in order.  And please, work with a good attorney.  I have heard some unscrupulous attorneys advising clients to hide their assets by transferring it to others.  If you really want to live in this country legally, you will need to do the right thing.  Also, unlike some attorneys who want to make a quick buck by merely helping you with DACA, you want to work with a lawyer who will help you every step of the way.

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