Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On June 15th, 2012, the Obama Administration announced a sorely needed change in immigration policy called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA). This temporary policy would allow DREAM Act-eligible youth, e.g. those that came to the United States before the age of 16, have no more than two misdemeanors, graduate from high school and have been in the United States for at least five years, to affirmatively apply for deferred action.
Deferred action is an act of discretion that allows DREAMers to obtain employment authorization and be temporarily spared from deportation. This policy was a critical stop-gap to prevent the deportation of bright DREAMers who were being deported back to countries where they had no friends, families, or other ties. This policy, however, is only temporary and can be rescinded by future administrations.
Watch LCLAA Policy Analyst Jose Magaña discuss DACA on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal here:
LCLAA strongly advocates that the next administration, whether it be Republican or Democrat, continue DACA until the DREAM Act or similar immigration legislation is passed. Additionally, LCLAA will work with the administration to ensure as many individuals as possible are eligible for this process, including advocating for eligibility requirements that are not seriously burdensome, and advocate the continued renewal of this policy.