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DACA Issues

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was created to provide temporary protection against deportation so that young undocumented immigrants could work and get an education in the United States. It was intended to be a temporary fix while comprehensive immigration reform was developed. 

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was proposed in 2001 to create a path to citizenship for undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Despite numerous versions of the act being written over the past decade, it has never been passed into law. This leaves DACA recipients with no path to citizenship and vulnerable to losing their protections after the Trump Administration rescinded the program. An end to DACA would mean deportation to a country that many of these young people hardly know. It would also cause economic harm as many DACA recipients make great contributions to the economy and workforce of the United States. 


  • Learn about what DACA is and how to apply for it click here.
  • Read the American Immigration Council fact sheet to learn about the history of DACA and policies that protect DACA. 
  • Use the resources in this DACA Legal Guide from the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) to understand the latest information about DACA.
  • This DACA Litigation Timeline shows the legal action that has taken place since the Trump Administration announced, on September 5, 2017, that it would end DACA.


  • Learn about the history of DACA, how its recipients have benefited, and why the Trump administration wants to end the program in this video by Vox.
  • DACA has given many young people the opportunity to work and get an education in the United States. Meet some of the individuals who have DACA in this video by the New York Times.

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