45 is threatening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA is an immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in 2012. DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. This simple act of compassion can help alleviate tremendous emotional and financial burdens for these individuals.
The policy was created after acknowledgment that these undocumented students had been largely raised in the United States, and was seen as a way to remove immigration enforcement attention from "low priority" individuals with good behavior. The undocumented immigrant student population was rapidly increasing; approximately 65,000 undocumented immigrant students graduate from U.S. high schools on a yearly basis.
From the start, the Pew Research Center estimated that up to 1.7 million people might be eligible, you can check out their trend data here. As of June 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had received 844,931 initial applications for DACA status, of which 741,546 (88%) were approved, 60,269 (7%) were denied, and 43,121 (5%) were pending.
Still confused about DACA? Check out this interview PBS aired in 2016 with DACA DREAMERS, experts and President Obama.
Under the Obama administration, a promise was made to undocumented immigrants brought here as children: share your personal information with the DACA program and as long as you abide by the laws you will be safe.
- The United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants has written a form letter that we can send to our members of Congress, asking that they help save DACA by supporting the House and Senate versions of the DREAM Act of 2017
- 5Calls has organized some action items as well--call your members of Congress!
- Moms Rising has a letter to the editor campaign you can participate in here.
- Need assistance? Looking to get involved or stay informed on DACA? check out United We Dream's Toolbox.