Deporting Undocumented Young Dreamers: Jayashri Srikantiah On The End Of DACA

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Publish Date:
September 6, 2017
Author(s):
  • Srikantiah, Jayashri,
  • Sharon Driscoll
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SLS - Legal Aggregate
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Summary

On Tuesday, September 5, President Trump ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, the executive action issued by President Obama in 2012 that allowed young undocumented immigrants to remain legally in the country to attend school and work. This week’s order delays for six months the deportation of roughly 800,000 young adults who arrived in this country as children. In this Q&A, Stanford Law Professor Jayashri Srikantiah explains DACA and potential implications of rescinding it.

What is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA?

DACA is an Obama-era program under which certain immigrant youth who came the United States without papers are granted “deferred action,” a temporary permission to stay in the United States. DACA recipients are eligible to apply for work permits.
Stanford Law Professor Jayashri Srikantiah
Stanford Law Professor Jayashri Srikantiah

Can you tell us a bit about DACA’s impact?

DACA has been transformative for the close to 800,000 undocumented immigrant youth who have obtained it. Studies show that DACA has enabled its recipients to pursue greater educational opportunities and higher-paying jobs. DACA recipients have contributed to the U.S. economy and to their communities.

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