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Resources for understanding DACA

By September 22, 2017September 16th, 2023No Comments

By Kim Clarke and Karen Carmody-McIntosh

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Earlier this month, the Trump administration called upon Congress to end the DACA program. Since then, the president has issued varying messages about the future status of the program and what, if anything, might take its place.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a United States program that began in 2012. The program applies to young adults who have grown up in the U.S. but are not recognized as citizens because they came to the country as undocumented immigrants when they were children. Under DACA, eligible applicants can receive a renewable two-year term of deferred action on deportation and a work permit.

DREAMers and the creation of DACA

The approximately 800,000 people currently enrolled in the DACA program are often referred to as DREAMers — a reference to the DREAM Act, a bill that has been introduced to Congress many times since 2001, but has never passed, so it is not a U.S. law. DREAM is an acronym for Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors and it is intended to provide a pathway to permanent residency or citizenship for undocumented Americans who arrived in the U.S. as children. DACA was created through executive action during the Obama administration and it was intended to provide temporary relief in the absence of a U.S. law providing a path to citizenship.

Since calling for the end of DACA, President Trump has been involved in conversations with Democratic Congressional leaders about reintroducing some form of the DREAM Act to Congress; however, the status of DACA and the DREAM Act remains uncertain.

We’ve gathered some resources to help you explore the topic and think critically about the ongoing news coverage.

Freely available resources

Freely available government and nonprofit sources

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University of Minnesota research and expertise

The University of Minnesota’s Experts@Minnesota website shows that the following faculty and staff have conducted research related to immigrants: 

The following University of Minnesota librarians can provide assistance on this topic:
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