Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)


The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, created by the Obama Administration in 2012, has protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. To be eligible for DACA, immigrants would have had to come to the United States before 2007 and to have been 15 years or younger at the time. 

In September 2017, the Trump administration rrevoked the DACA program with an end date of March 5, 2018, giving Congress time to pass formal legislation. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped processing new applications and accepting renewal applications. In the following months, multiple lawsuits were filed that challenged the decision to terminate DACA and resulted in an order to cancel the termination. Individuals who have or previously had DACA can apply to renew it. 

The DACA program has provided these young people the opportunity to get a driver’s license, secure safe employment, serve in the military and—most important to CSF—attend school. Education is a vital key to success, and it must remain accessible to all students. Every student should have the opportunity to succeed. DACA was designed to protect the innocent—children who did not have a choice where they lived.

On March 12, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an updated Dream Act called the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6). This bill would help millions of Dreamers, including the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries. On June 4, 2019, the bill passed in the House. It will go to the Senate next for consideration, but it is yet to be scheduled for a vote. 

Express your support for the DACA program!

Help bring the Dream and Promise Act to the Senate floor for a vote. Tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as your U.S. Representative and your Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to support this act!

Read CSF Scholar and DACA recipient Ray's story.

Read CSF Scholar and DACA recipient Graciela's story.

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