DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — has provided temporary protection from deportation to more than 700,000 people who were brought to the United States as children.
In addition to providing protection against deportation, those who received DACA status are allowed to legally work and study in the country, to get driver’s licenses, and to access credit, among other things. To qualify for the program applicants had to be able to prove that they arrived in the U.S. before they turned 16; they had to be younger than 30 years of age when they first applied; and they had to be a high school graduate or a veteran of the military with no serious criminal record.
But the program, created in 2012 by president Barack Obama and renewable every two years, was revoked under president Donald Trump in 2017. This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments over the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program. Today on In the Hive, we explore the history of DACA, and hear from some local beneficiaries of the program working to renew their status.
Jonathan Blitzer, staff writer with The New Yorker
Various DACA recipients living in Utah
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