What is Daca?
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 Trump rescinded the Daca programme earlier this month but made that effective in March, giving lawmakers six months to come up with an alternative for the Dreamers.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.