The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is the Obama-era executive order that grants work permits to and prevents deportation of certain undocumented immigrants brought to the United States when they were children. DACA has helped nearly 800,000 young adults who were raised in America and speak fluent English, many of whom have no memories of their home countries. National Public Radio profiled one such DACA recipient in a story that aired this morning.
Several other news articles are reporting today about a potential legal challenge from 10 states that threatens the DACA program. According to these articles, the Department of Homeland Security has told the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that Congress would need to pass legislation to protect DACA recipients. Without legislation, the program faces legal uncertainty and it would be up to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a known hardliner on illegal immigration, to defend. It is unclear if the Trump administration would actively defend DACA.
The ultimate consequences of threatening nearly 800,000 young people with deportation and making it illegal for them to stay employed are unknown. This issue is likely to be an important news story over the next few months.
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