Last updated on: 12/18/2019 12:26:56 PM PST
Should the US End the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy?
DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is an Obama administration policy implemented on June 15, 2012. DACA prevents undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from being deported and allows those immigrants to get work permits. The undocumented immigrants who participate in the program are referred to as Dreamers, a reference to the DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) that was first introduced in the Senate on Aug. 1, 2001 by Orrin Hatch (R-UT) but did not pass.
On Sep. 5, 2017 President Trump rescinded DACA, an action that was met with two federal court rulings saying the policy could not be ended on Mar. 5, 2018 as planned. The Trump administration appealed those federal court rulings to the US Supreme Court, but on Feb. 26, 2018, the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal. DACA therefore remained in effect. The issue eventually made its way to the Supreme Court, which heard arguments in three DACA cases on Nov. 12, 2019. A ruling is expected by summer 2020.
For more information on the pros and cons of DACA, please read our headline article.
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