DACA Updates | What You Need to Know

The DACA program may be at risk. Read on to learn more about the program, its history, and the latest updates.

What is the DACA Program?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was created in 2012 in order to provide temporary protection from deportation to qualified individuals who were brought to the United States illegally as children.

What is the History of DACA?

The DACA program has seen a lot of changes over the years. A brief timeline is as follows:

  • June 12th, 2012
    • The Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children, and met certain criteria, could request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years.
  • November 20th, 2014
    • The Obama Administration expanded DACA. For example, they eliminated the age cap that had been included in the requirements and extended application deadlines.
  • October 5th, 2017
    • On October 5th, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services stopped accepting DACA applications. A memo was issued by the Department of Homeland Security, rejecting all pending and future initial requests for DACA. Additionally, the memo limited the benefits of current DACA beneficiaries. For example, they may only receive one-year renewals of their DACA status, rather than the previous two-year extensions.
  • January 20, 2021
    • President Joseph Biden passed an executive order to preserve and fortify the DACA program.

What is the latest Update?

Unfortunately, the DACA program is being called into question. Recently, a Texas judge called for the Biden administration to stop accepting DACA applications immediately. The judge argued that the policy was illegally implemented by the Obama administration in 2012. According to apnews.com, President Biden has ordered agencies to make efforts to preserve the program.

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