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Explore Immigration: DACA

 

 

Illustration defining acronym, DACA

DACA, an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a policy that protects around 800,000 young people — known as “DREAMers” — who entered the United States unlawfully as children. The program does not grant them official legal status or a pathway to citizenship, but it does allow them to apply for a driver’s license, social security number, and work permit. DACA gives specific undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation, and 2) a work permit. The program requires that the DACA status and work permit be renewed every two years.

 

Photo of DACA recipients protesting

 

Mother and child embracing

 

Obama talking with DACA recipients