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Deferred Action Childhood Arrival "DACA"

June 15, 2012 former Secretary Napolitano announced a special Deferred Action process for young people.  Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (DACA) was implemented for the following criteria:

1. Is at least 15 years old at the time of filing for DACA;

2. Was under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. (The person must have had been born after June 15, 1981;

3. Came to the United States under the age of 16;

4. Had continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007;

5. Entered the United States without inspection before June 15, 2012, or had lawful immigration status that expired before June 15, 2012. 

6. Is currently in school has graduated from high school, has obtained a certificate of General Education Development (GED) certificate;

7. Has not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, three or more non-significant misdemeanor offense, or does not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

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DACA History

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration "DHS" announced that it would no longer accept new applications for DACA relief, effective immediately.

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On June 28, 2019, the Supreme Court announces it will hear UC DACA case and might issue its decision close to the end of June 2020.

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On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA – program, asserting it had “prosecutorial discretion” not to deport people who were brought to the U.S. as children and who have no legal status.

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April 24, 2018, Judge John Bates, from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled that DHS, "must accept and process new as well as renewal DACA applications.

**photo by NBC news

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