Law and Politics

DACA and "Dreamers"

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  • DACA is an immigration policy created by the Obama administration. [Berkeley]

  • DACA protects young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

  • DACA allows those eligible, or "Dreamers", to get work permits. [Anti-Defamation League]

  • There are about 800,000 Dreamers protected under DACA. [NPR]


The fate of hundreds of thousands of people living in the United States remains unclear as Congress continues to fail to create a bipartisan legislative response and plan.


Good for America

Many agree that Dreamers benefit the U.S. economy. If Dreamers are gone, some estimate a loss of over $460 billion to the economy over the next 10 years. [The Washington Post]

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Not their fault

This largely affects younger immigrants who came to the United States as infants or children and had no say in the matter. [The Washington Post]



Fix the system

Some believe the government should be working to correct the broken immigration system, not working to punish Dreamers. [The New York Times]


Against the law

Some believe that amnesty should not be given to those who break the law. A potential consequence of doing so is encouraging illegal immigration. []



More competition

DACA allows more working individuals to legally remain in the United States. Some believe that DACA makes it more competitive for citizens to find jobs. [NPR]



Fix the problem

By removing DACA, responsibility shifts to Congress to create legislation that either protects or removes Dreamers. Many believe legislation is better than an executive order. [The New York Times]


9 Republican state Attorney Generals threatened to sue in order to end DACA prior to President Trump's executive order. [The New York Times]


UPDATE: On May 1, 2018, Texas and six other states filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging. DACA [National Immigration Law Center]


  • Both the House of Representatives and the Senate are still working to pass legislation.

  • Pope Francis views DACA as pro-life and has publicly urged President Trump to reinstate the executive order. [The Washington Post]

  • The latest poll from The Washington Post found that 87 percent of Americans support "a program that allows undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States if they arrived here as a child, completed high school or military service and have not been convicted of a serious crime." [NPR]

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