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Countable Primer: DACA

by Countable | 2.23.18

Another day, another DACA proposal. But what is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and why is it worth shutting down the government over? Here’s what you need to know about the program.

What is DACA?

In 2012, President Barack Obama signed DACA into law through an executive order. The policy was meant to protect unauthorized immigrants who were brought to the U.S as minors – so-called "Dreamers" - from deportation. 800,000 unauthorized immigrants are currently benefiting from the program.

On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump terminated the program with a six-month delay, giving Congress until March 5, 2018, to come up with a solution for the 800,000 unauthorized immigrants.

Why did Trump end the program?

In announcing the Trump administration’s plans to end DACA, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the program "was inconsistent with the Constitution’s separation of powers" because Obama created it without Congressional approval.

Who uses DACA?

According to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service, these are the top ten countries of origin for DACA recipients and how many DACA participants hail from each:

  • Mexico - 655,498

  • El Salvador - 31,963

  • Guatemala - 22,821

  • Honduras - 21,053

  • South Korea - 9,250

  • Peru - 9,472

  • Brazil - 8,128

  • Ecuador - 7,379

  • Columbia - 7,055

  • Argentina - 4,983

What’s the current state of DACA?

In mid-January, a federal judge in San Francisco ruled that the program must be reinstated while lawsuits over its repeal wind their way through the courts. The injunction states that participants in the program must be allowed to renew their protected status, though the federal government is not required to admit any new participants who had not previously applied for DACA status.

What’s the latest with Congress?

After the Senate’s failure to advance a DACA replacement prior to the program’s March 5 expiration date, on February 19, 2018, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) offered a new immigration reform proposal in an op-ed in The Washington Post. When the Senate reconvenes on Monday, February 26, Flake will introduce a bill that extends DACA protections for three years and provides $7.6 billion to fully fund the first three years of the administration’s border-security proposal.

What DACA fix does the president want?

President Trump has been urging lawmakers to reject any DACA proposals that do not embrace the "four pillars" of his immigration platform:

  • Creating a path to citizenship for Dreamers.

  • Securing the border.

  • Eliminating the diversity visa lottery.

  • Limiting family-based immigration.

What do you think?

What DACA deal, if any, do you want to see? Hit Take Action and tell your reps.

(Photo Credit: Kameleon007 / iStock)

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  • Leon
    02/23/2018
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    No amnesty, no shortcuts to citizenship. These are not people here legally and should have to deal with the consequences.

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  • Deirdre
    02/23/2018
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    Give them citizenship, no wall

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  • Yajaira
    02/24/2018
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    The DREAMers that put their faith in our government and our laws are now exposed. These children, who didn’t break the law by choice are now at a higher risk of being sent to a country they know very little or nothing about. PASS A CLEAN DREAM ACT, I will be watching you and your vote, and I plan on voting every election starting with midterm elections #PowerToThePeople #PowerToThePolls

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  • PaxAmericana
    02/23/2018
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    BUILD the wall. Don’t tell me it won’t work. The ones in Hungary, Austria, Poland, Greece, and UK work just fine.

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  • Donna
    02/23/2018
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    I feel like I am becoming a broken record. The ONLY fix to this issue is a clean DACA bill with a path to citizenship for these young people. THEY ARE NOT CRIMINALS. THEY WERE BROUGHT TO THIS COUNTRY THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. IF YOU WANT TO PUNISH SOMEONE FOR BREAKING OUR LAWS, DEPORT THE PEOPLE THAT BROUGHT THEM HERE. LEAVE THESE PEOPLE IN PEACE. They educate themselves, they support themselves, they risk their lives serving in our military to PROTECT AMERICANS. Anyone that does not know the rigors these young people went through to obtain their status has NO RIGHT TO JUDGE THEM. Many of them are now married, with children of their own who are AMERICAN CITIZENS. Should they also be deported or should the parents just 'walk away' from their children? Has our society become so jaded and biased and prejudiced that we can only view life through a single lens? I am fearful for the future if we cannot figure out a way to resolve our differences through compassion and compromise. Of course, that takes leadership which is something lacking in our nation's capital - on both sides of the aisle.

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  • Patty
    02/23/2018
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    Clean DACA act now!

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  • Amy
    02/24/2018
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    Clean DACA, Period. Get your wall from angry anti immigration Americans who can make small personal donations towards their pet project. Need I remind you that your president promised that Mexico would pay for it, not American taxpayers. Leave the good, citizen minded DACAs alone. There are enough mean and dangerous and lazy American citizens to focus our energy on reforming or punishing.

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  • Pat
    02/23/2018
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    Build the damned wall to keep illegals out of USA. End DACA one way or another. The 800,000 should stay but they must become a citizen within three years. They should have become a citizen already. If this is not done—back to country of origin. Obama did something so incredibly unconstitutional. He should pay one way or another. End illegal immigration, improve vetting process, no chain migration, no welfare for illegals, etc. etc.

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  • Robert
    02/25/2018
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    Barack “Brainless” Obama should have never done this Goofy Law! Our Nation is Made Up of Laws and it’s Time All of Them Fall in Line to Start Obeying the Laws of Our Land or Get Your Tail Out of Here.

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  • gwenhutch
    02/23/2018
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    No deportation, no wall. Spend our tax dollars on something worthwhile and give Dreamers a path to citizenship.

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  • MAGAnificent
    02/24/2018
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    Obama made this mess, Trump had no choice in ending it because of all the lawsuits from various states. These people had all these years to make it right so I have no sympathy. Also all their demands and temper tantrums did it for me. I say if March 5th comes and no agreement is made Trump should just clean the mess up the same way OBAMA made it, an E.O. canceling all DACA, DAPA, DREAMER, etc. programs. They can self-deport or be arrested. Then with the $138 billion a year we save we build the wall.

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  • Hillary
    02/23/2018
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    It goes against the entire American Way to punish a child for the acts of his or her parents. Children brought here by their parents had no control over that. Many have no memory of ever living anywhere else. Americans are becoming fascist. It’s like the 1930’s and 1940’s in Europe. We can’t continue to be so selfish and self centered and also be the same people who jumped in to help in World War II.

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  • Poodle
    02/24/2018
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    Support DACA!

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  • Michael
    02/24/2018
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    DACA - Democrats Against Constitutional America

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  • Abbi
    02/25/2018
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    We need a clean DACA bill now. Time is running out! These kids were brought here as children, ICE has all their information, they work, have families that they will have to leave if they are deported to a country they never knew. Do not give Trump his white America, when Mexican immigrants left for Canada, farmers could not find people for those jobs, as much as I hate stereotypes, it happened, acres of food rotted on the vine. And it is not just farming, DACA kids grew up and become soldiers, doctors, paramedics, actors, cops, teachers, and more. so many important people that we will lose. They also make up the most tax payers with the least amount of benefits. Considering the giant Christmas gift to the rich we all have to make that up to fight the deficit and we'll be losing benefits ourselves. Do the math we cannot afford to lose 800,000 taxpayers. Some people post "deport them" but we all are going to be in a world of hurt because of their hate.

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  • Mindful
    02/25/2018
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    Senator Jeff Flake’s proposal or improved version is preferred. The ‘3yrs.’ Idea is to finalize unmerciful uncertainty. Would you plan the same for your own family? Get real...and be merciful.

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  • Abbi
    02/25/2018
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    Clean DACA bill now! I don't care what the current administration says, we are a nation of immigrants! We took this land from people who had claim to it first! We don't have a leg to stand on when we say "no you can't come here, this is our country!!" Fuck the ban, fuck the wall, and fuck Trump!!!

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  • Rhonda
    02/25/2018
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    Please don’t punish the children who had no say about where they grew up. Allow DACA kids to live and work in the states.

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  • David
    02/23/2018
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    Build the wall. End DACA

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  • Carmen
    02/24/2018
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    I strongly support DACA. They are to be admired. Love Obama

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