Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): An Overview
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion, providing temporary relief from deportation (deferred action) and work authorization to certain young undocumented immigrants. DACA was created on June 15, 2012, by then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Unlike federal legislation, DACA does not provide permanent legal status to individuals and must be renewed every two years. This fact sheet provides an overview of DACA and prior attempts to dismantle the initiative, as well as its current status.
American Immigration Council (2021, February 5). Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): An Overview. https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/research/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca-overview