Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
In 2012, then U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Act, often referred to as DACA or the DREAM Act, that protects certain individuals who were brought into the United States illegally as children from immediate deportation.
Eligible individuals who can apply for protection under DACA include those who:
Were under age 16 when they first arrived in the U.S.
Were under age 31 when the law was enacted on June 2012
Have lived in the U.S. since 2007
Have not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor
Once accepted, individuals are completely protected from deportation for 2 years and can legally obtain a job or attend college or university. According to the latest estimates, over 700,000 individuals have been accepted into the program to date.