The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was initiated by former President Obama on June 15, 2012. The program protects certain undocumented persons who were brought to the United States as children from deportation.
DACA RequirementsIn order to qualify for DACA, applicants must meet the following requirements:
1. Be under 31 years of age on June 15, 2012;
2. Have first come to the US prior to their 16th birthdays;
3. Have lived in the US since June 15, 2007;
4. Be physically present in the US on June 15, 2012 and on the date of the application;
5. Not be in lawful immigration status on June 15, 2012;
6. Be currently studying or have graduated from high school, earned a GED or have an honorable discharge from the US Armed Forces or the Coast Guard; and
7. Have not be convicted of a felony or DUI, or convicted of a *significant misdemeanor* or 3 or more misdemeanors of any kind.
DACA Update (2018)On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program would be terminated effective March 5, 2018. This 6-month period was meant to give Congress a chance to enact legislation to protect the Dreamers. However, Congress failed to act to extend the program.
However, in January and February 2018, 2 US District Courts issued preliminary injunctions enjoining the Administration from ending DACA. In late February 2018, the US Supreme Court turned down the Administration*s request to allow it to end DACA on March 5.