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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was established by President Obama in 2012. The program provides legal status for noncitizens who were brought to the US as children and are otherwise without immigration documentation.

DACA status is available to those who meet specific criteria regarding age and entry into the US. DACA recipients, often called “Dreamers,” are given an initial 2-year period of protection that can be renewed in 2-year increments. DACA allows recipients to live, work and attend school in the US. However, DACA status does not provide a way for recipients to achieve permanent residency status.

DACA was stalled by the Trump administration but had been back up and running since December 2020. Facing a backlog of applications that had grown to more than 80,000 by the end of June, the Biden administration had committed additional resources when a Federal Judge ruled that the program was illegal and must not accept or process any new DACA applications.

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