DACA Is Facing a Crisis That the Senate Can No Longer Ignore

Jorge Loweree and Raul Pinto
Date of Publication: 
October, 2022
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More than a decade after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) first created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to shield certain undocumented youth from deportation, it remains the subject of ongoing litigation. This has limited its impact and created uncertainty for the nearly 600,000 people who benefit from its protections.

On October 5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision finding that DACA is unlawful and was implemented contrary to federal law. While the program will continue for its current beneficiaries in the short term, many believe that the latest decision has set the stage for a full termination of the program by federal courts that have proven hostile to DACA for years.

Undocumented youth with DACA are experiencing a crisis that only Congress can fully address. The U.S. Senate has between now and the end of 2022 to finally get things right.

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Loweree, J., & Pinto, R. (2022, October). DACA Is Facing a Crisis That the Senate Can No Longer Ignore. Immigration Impact. https://immigrationimpact.com/2022/10/07/daca-facing-crisis-senate-can-n...