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What the Heck-a is DACA?

What the Heck-a is DACA?

The four letter acronym that is being spread everywhere you look. DACA. There are a lot of misunderstandings when it comes to this issue. When did it start? Why was it established? Etc. So let’s clear things up.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is an idea made to protect illegal immigrant children. Former President Barack Obama established the law towards the beginning of his second term in June 2012. The Obama Administration considered the idea that minors could not control whether or not they immigrate to the US or not, therefore, they should not be punished for this action. DACA allows these people to apply for their deportation to be postponed. When granted this, the applicants are allowed a two-year work permit that can be renewed. To renew one must reapply, pay $500, and wait to see if they are deemed suitable again.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals supporters shortly after the program was established in June 2012

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals supporters shortly after the program was established in June 2012

There is a lot that goes into allowing these young people to be eligible for this program.

  • Must be in school, just graduated high school, or honorably discharged from the military.
  • Never been convicted of a felony, serious misdemeanor, or over three misdemeanors
  • Must have come into the country before the age of 16
  • Had to be within the United States on June 15, 2o12, when the law was established
  • Must have lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007
  • We’re under the age of 31 at the time the DACA was put in place
  • Could not have had lawful citizenship on June 15, 2012

Evidence goes to show that DACA-eligible immigrants commit crimes at a higher rate than native citizens although that seems to be an often argued subject matter. There are also statistics that show the program has increased wages of the qualified as well as participation in the work force. There is no evidence to suggest this hinders on natives abilities. Additionally, there is proof that the DACA accepted individuals and families have a reduced chance of living in poverty.

Roughly a year after DACA was established, some of Congress moved to defund the program. Republican Representative of Iowa, Steve King, was the author of this amendment. “The point here is…the President does not have the authority to waive immigration law, nor does he have the authority to create it out of thin air,” he stated.

Current Republican Representative of Iowa, Steve King, who attempted to ammend DACA in 2013.

Current Republican Representative of Iowa, Steve King, who attempted to ammend DACA in 2013.

This amendment did not pass because DACA is mostly funded by the application fee, so defunded the program is not actually within the Congress’ abilities.

About Natalia Kome

Hey I'm Natalia. I'm a first year student, supposedly an English major. (We'll see how long that lasts. I keep changing my mind) I'm an active member of Amici. I like watching Parks and Rec and Archer. My favorite movie is probably Juno, or maybe Tangled. I also really like writing, and I am super stoked about

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