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What is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?
After the failure of immigration reform, President Obama created a policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the US as children (aka “Dreamers”)
What is deferred action?
At the Department of Homeland Security’s discretion, certain individuals can be granted deferred action which allows them to remain in the U.S. without fear of prosecution for immigration law violations. Eligible individuals who came to the US as a child, are in school, and have not committed any crime, are given deferred action as well as the ability to apply for employment authorization. However, a DACA recipient, unless eligible for other reasons, is not eligible for lawful permanent residence/citizenship, and DACA status can be revoked at any time.
What can change?
President Trump has come out against DACA, although he has recently softened his stance. Because DACA was created through an Executive Order rather than signed into law, it can be ended at any time.
What has happened so far?
What could happen?
How many people currently have DACA status?
Roughly 750,000 people.
What would getting rid of DACA do?
According to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, if DACA recipients were kicked out of the workforce, it could