Did you know that today, October 5, 2017, is the last day for Dreamers whose status expires on or before March 5, 2018, to renew their DACA?
On June 15, 2012, former President Barack Obama formed the Deferred Action for Childhood policy for undocumented young people who came to the United States as children. The program then began on August 15, 2012, to protect young immigrants as they pursued an education and work in the country.
Since the program was created, there has been national debate as to whether the program is effective or not. It is.
Here a few facts about DACA from the Pew Research Center:
- About 690,000 unauthorized immigrants were enrolled in DACA as of Sept. 4.
- Current DACA recipients come from around the world, but more than nine-in-ten were born in Latin America.
- Two-thirds of DACA recipients are ages 25 or younger, and a majority are women.
Last month, President Trump announced that his administration would be ending #DACA although the program is more important than ever for immigrant students and workers. At the end of the day, hundreds of thousands of young peoples futures might be uncertain as their permits expire soon.
If you could share inspirational words with a Dreamer while they wait for a response, what would they be? Leave it in the comments below.