If you are following the news right now you’ll know that DACA is on almost every headline. I had no idea what DACA was and I’m sure a lot of you didn’t know or still don’t know. Here are just a few facts about DACA, why it is important and how you can help.
DACA stand for “Deferred Action for Child Arrivals”. This program was created by Barack Obama in 2012 and has allowed THOUSANDS of young children who were brought to the Untied States illegally to remain in the country.
Applicants have to have arrived in the United States before 2007 and can live and work in the US for a period of two years before being renewed.
Almost 1 million people have applied to join since the start of the program and more than 150,000 people have applied since Trump became president to be protected.
Trumps administration, announced it will end DACA. They called this program “unconstitutional and criticizing it as unilateral executive amnesty.”
New applications for the program will not be accepted.
This is where we come in. As young people with voices that are meant to be heard we can help! Here are a few ways we all can help.
- Get Educated!: learn why this program is so important and why we need to fight to protect its existence.
- Get involved: If you live anywhere were protests are happening because of DACA or volunteer to help or even donating.
- Stay up to date: Turn on news notifications on your phone so you know what is happening!
- Utilize Social Media: follow activist on twitter or Facebook so you know what organizations will provide the latest information.
Below are the links I used to inform myself and links that have information about what you can do to help!