Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Created By The Obama Administration in 2012, Provides Temporary Reprieve From Deportation And Limited Rights For Undocumented Youth In U.S.
DACA, or the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”, is “a program created in 2012 by the Obama administration allowing young people brought to this country illegally by their parents to get a temporary reprieve from deportation and to receive permission to work, study and obtain driver’s licenses.”
DACA applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Been younger than 31 when the program began
- Lived in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007
- Arrived in the U.S. before age 16
- No criminal record
- Enrolled in school or the military
DACA does not apply to NEW immigrants that are minors.
The DREAM act, or “Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors”, would be the next step after DACA and provide “a pathway to legal status for undocumented youth who came to this country as children.” While numerous versions of the DREAM act have been introduced over the last 16 years, “none have become law.”