Washington: New Delhi born Pratishtha Khanna, who came to the US illegally at the age of ten, is one of ten local “Champions of Change” honoured by the White House for their exemplary leadership in their communities.
All the ten honoured were what are called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients under a programme initiated by President Barack Obama.
The programme requires the US immigration authorities to defer removal action for certain undocumented young people who came to the US as children and have pursued education or military service here. They are also often referred to as “DREAMers” as most of them meet the general requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act.
Khanna is currently a senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and will graduate in May with a BS in Biology.