DACA: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

This session was held at the Equity and Human Rights Conference in Torrance on March 4th and led by Patricia Rucker.

DACA is an executive order signed by Barack Obama in 2012 that gives registered protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.

DACA fees are $495 per person and the recipients need to reapply every two years in order to receive temporary protection from deportation and a work permit.

Recipients pay the same taxes as U.S. citizens and they pay into the Social Security fund.  They do not receive Social Security benefits, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps, and the Affordable Care Act.

In order to qualify for DACA the recipients had to have come to the U.S. before June 15, 2007 and be younger than 16 years old at the time.  They must have a clean criminal past.

95% are in school or have a job.

5,000 DACA recipients are California teachers.

22,000 DACA recipients did not renew their status in the first month after the September rescission order by President Trump.

72,300 undocumented students are enrolled in California public colleges and half probably have DACA protection right now.

People whose DACA protection expired before March 5, 2018 had the opportunity to reapply for another two years.  For everyone else their protection will start to expire if another plan isn’t developed.

Tammy Capilla, Equity & Human Rights Chair/LGBTQ+ Contact