DACA Stories

Saba Nafees

Saba Nafees is a Dreamer and Ph.D. candidate at Texas Tech. She arrived in the U.S. from Pakistan at age 11 and has known no other home outside of Texas. Under DACA, she has been able to use mathematics to better understand diseases like cancer and teach undergraduate students.

What is DACA? DACA is...

750,000 Dreamers

DACA has allowed hundreds of thousands of Dreamers to make our communities and economy stronger

A Work Permit for Our Employees

DACA allows 645,145 people, from every industry, to work and create jobs for native-born Americans

Protection for Families

2 in 5 DACA recipients have a U.S. citizen as a family member

Timeline Fighting for Dreamers

2012

Executive Action Announcement

On June 15, 2012, President Obama created a new policy calling for deferred action for certain undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children. Applications under the program which is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) began on August 15, 2012.

2014

Executive Action Expansion

President Obama announced his “immigration accountability executive action,” which included a series of measures, including expansion of the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as the creation of a new deferred action program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA).

2015 - 2016

Preliminary Injunction and Supreme Court Case

Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the Federal District Court in Brownsville, Texas issued a preliminary injunction in 2015 effectively suspending implementation of the programs while he ruled on the programs' legality. In 2016, the United States v. Texas case made it all the way to the Supreme Court and tied in a 4-4 ruling. The decision halted the DACA expansion and creation of DAPA. DACA continues to exist as a program and its future is dependent on the next administration.

2017

BRIDGE Act Re-Introduced

Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) re-introduced the BRIDGE Act – bipartisan legislation to allow those eligible for DACA to continue living in the U.S. with permission from the federal government and provides a congressional solution. A companion bill was introduced by Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) in the House.

Glimpses of DACA In Their Own Words