1. WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THE DREAMERS?
According to the Center for American Progress, as many as 16,200 DACA recipients have already lost their work permits and deportation protections since the Trump Administration announced the end of the program. If, as the Administration wants, future renewals are halted, this number could increase dramatically. Congress must take action before thousands more Dreamers lose their ability to live, work, and contribute to the only country they know.
2. WHAT DOES DACA MEAN?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a temporary program enacted in 2012 that provides relief from deportation and work authorization for immigrants brought to America as children. The Trump Administration announced the end of the DACA program in September 2017.
3. HOW DO DREAMERS BECOME CITIZENS?
The DACA program does not provide a pathway for Dreamers to become U.S. citizens or even legal permanent residents. In fact, there is no legal pathway for Dreamers to earn citizenship at all, despite 86 percent of American voters supporting giving Dreamers pathways to legal status.
4. ARE DACA AND THE DREAM ACT THE SAME THING?
DACA allowed 800,000 Dreamers to live and work in the U.S. free from fear of deportation. The DREAM Act is bipartisan legislation that would allow 2 million Dreamers to better contribute to their families and their community, and boost our economy.
5. WHAT’S THE LATEST?
In November of 2018, the government filed a cert petition to bypass three federal courts and expedite review of DACA litigation to the Supreme Court. It is expected that the Supreme Court could hear and decide the case (and the fate of DACA) in June of 2019. Meanwhile, there are many individuals across the country whose DACA expires in January and have yet to renew. If, as the Administration wants, future renewals are halted, this number could increase dramatically. With a pending Supreme Court case, Congress must take action before thousands more Dreamers lose their ability to live, work, and contribute to the only country they know.