With all the news lately about DACA and the fight to protect Dreamers, you might find yourself about bit confused about what exactly a Dreamer is or what someone means when they say DACA. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup in San Francisco issued a decision that partially revived DACA, a program established by a 2012 executive order by President Obama and rescinded on September 5, 2017 by President Trump. DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, offers an employment authorization document and protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and meet a variety of other eligibility criteria. Participants in the program are often referred to as Dreamers as their eligibility for the program demonstrates a continued commitment to pursuing the American Dream. These Dreamers, nearly 800,000 in total since 2012, are young people who are educated in the U.S., do not have significant criminal convictions, and for the most know no other country but the U.S.
On March 6, President Trump issued the executive order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”, effective March 16, 2017. This order revokes the previous executive order issued on January 27, 2017 under the same name, which has been the subject of numerous lawsuits. President Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, stated the new order should promote the administration’s goals and end litigation regarding the January 27th order. Some claim the order is a just a watered-down Muslim ban and others praise the order. Either way, it did clarify a few points that caused much of the chaos in the roll out of the January 27th order.