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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Jeopardy

About DACA Program


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an administrative relief from deportation for undocumented students. It protects eligible immigrant youth who moved to the U.S. through deportation. It gives young undocumented immigrants a work permit and protection from deportation. Their program expires after two years, but it’s subject to renewal. Consult a qualified attorney before submitting your DACA application. For example, make an appointment with the Legal Services Program if you are a student at Berkeley. Your attorney will help you understand your eligibility for and other immigration benefits. The more organized your application documents are, the easier the process.


The alarming news about the launch of several attacks against the program by the GOP’s extremist is spreading across young immigrants’ networks and organizations. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals provides undocumented youths with a reprieve from deportation, an opportunity to work in the United States for a renewable contract, and a social security number. The program allows undocumented youths to acquire driver’s license and access tuition fees.


Recently, Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General wrote a letter to the Trump administration demanding for the revocation of the program. They threaten to take legal action if Trump administration fails to meet their demand. The attorney general don’t want an abrupt termination. Here, no renewals or new applications will be accepted. A week ago, members of the Hispanic Caucus held a closed-door meeting with John Kelly, the Secretary of Homeland Security. John Kelly said that a program that protects over 800,000 undocumented youths was in jeopardy. His reason for communication was to highlight legal cases that were already challenging the program.


While advocates had started to sound the alarm for weeks, John Kelly’s announcement was worrisome. Today, DACA program celebrates its fifth year of implementation and has been instrumental in transforming the U.S. society. Over 95 percent of beneficiaries have access to high-paying jobs and in-state-tuition fee. The program contributes millions of dollars to universities and colleges across the United States to support students from marginalized groups. Again, it has helped improve its beneficiaries’ earnings, resulting in increased overall taxes. Most beneficiaries invest their economic gains in creating businesses, advancing their education, and buying homes and cars.