What is DACA?

In 2012, President Obama created an immigration program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows undocumented people who were brought to this country under the age of 16 to come out of the shadows and thrive.

These DREAMers are young people who were brought to this country as children, and remain undocumented. For many of them, the United States is the only home they know. Since 2012, hundreds of thousands of them have been covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

Under that program, young people who follow the law, stay in school, and go on to college or the military are protected from deportation. Among those old enough to work, many do so as teachers, nurses, and other vital parts of our communities — and they pay taxes on what they earn.

This program works, but it is at risk.

The Trump Administration has threatened to revoke DACA, which would put DREAMers at immediate risk of deportation, and damaging communities and the economy:

  • Roughly 95% are either in school or working.
  • Businesses would incur massive turnover costs.
  • The hit to the economy of reversing DACA could reach $60 billion, with a $280 billion reduction in economic growth over the next decade according to bipartisan estimates.

DREAMers are upstanding, contributing members of our society — teachers, college students, entrepreneurs, and future leaders.

They are essential threads needed in the fabric of our country.