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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What Is DACA?

William White

President Donald Trump is planning bringing an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, but what is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What Is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: What Is DACA?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a program set up by former President Barack Obama in 2012. It allows illegal immigrants that came to the United States as children to apply to defer deportations.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is currently available to illegal immigrants that came to the United States before June 15, 2007 and have lived here since then. The program requires that the individuals were under the age of 16 when they came to America.

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program does have expectations to this rule. Illegal immigrants that have a felony, certain misdemeanors, three or more misdemeanors, or are a threat to the country are not eligible for the program. At the time of its creation, Obama noted that the program wasn’t a “permanent fix” to immigration issues, reports CBC News.

President Trump is reportedly planning to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals by no longer allowing new applicants to apply. The move will also stop illegal immigrants with permits from reapplying when their expire. It’s possible this action could take place as soon as today.

“A final decision on that front has not been made, and when it is, we will certainly inform everybody in this room,” Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary, told Fox News.

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