Friday, August 16, 2013

Deferred Action, One Year Later

By Claudio Iván Remeseira | Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013, at 7:21 p.m. ET

After the Senate blocked a 2010 bill (dubbed the Dream Act) that would have granted a path to citizenship for young students brought to the U.S. as infants by their undocumented parents, immigrant rights organizations urged President Obama to offer an alternative to those youth through an executive order. It took the Administration another year and a half to produce such order, formally known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

DACA is generally credited with having propped up the declining support that President Obama was experiencing among Latinos at that time, and therefore with making a substantial contribution to his reelection a few months later. 

By the time DACA came out, the Pew Hispanic Center estimated that up to 1.4 million people  could benefit from it. A year later--with one more year to go before this executive order expires--, more  than 400,000 young men and women have already applied and gotten their deportation relief and a permit to work legally in the U.S.

Read more at Fusion.


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