What is Daca?

Weekend Herald - - WORLD -

The De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals ( Daca) pro­gramme af­fects an es­ti­mated 800,000 young peo­ple, most of them are from Mex­ico and other Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries, who en­tered the US with­out doc­u­ments as chil­dren. In 2012, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed an ex­ec­u­tive or­der that shields the so- called “Dream­ers” from de­por­ta­tion and pro­vides work and study per­mits. To qual­ify for Daca, ap­pli­cants un­der the age of 30 have to sub­mit per­sonal in­for­ma­tion to the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity. They must go through an FBI back­ground check and have a clean crim­i­nal back­ground, and ei­ther be in school, re­cently grad­u­ated or have been hon­ourably dis­charged from the mil­i­tary. As a re­sult, the US Gov­ern­ment agrees to “de­fer” any ac­tion on their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus for a pe­riod of two years. Trump re­scinded the Daca pro­gramme earlier this month but made that ef­fec­tive in March, giv­ing law­mak­ers six months to come up with an alternative for the Dream­ers. Trump now says he is close to a deal with Demo­cratic con­gres­sional lead­ers to pro­tect them.

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