If you are seeing celebrity and media posts about the DACA and asking yourself, ‘What is the DACA and what is the big deal?’, you’re not the only one.
Here’s 5 facts according to Mashable.com about the DACA and why it’s a mistake to get rid of it.
1.What does DACA stand for and who are the recipients?
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals also known as ‘DREAMers’
- Children brought to the US at around ages 6-15 that are now in their 20’s and 30’s with jobs, homes, cars and LIVES.
- Most DACA recipients do not speak the language of their previous countries and are not familiar with anything related to them because they were raised in the US.
- Many DACA recipients do not even know that they are not citizens until they apply for a Drivers License or university.
2.What does the DACA do?
- The DACA allows for those who were brought to the US as children by their parents illegally to continue living and obtain work permits and to have their deportations delayed.
- DACA recipients pay $495.00 every 2 years to apply.
3.What are the benefits of DACA recipients to the economy?
- DACA recipients contribute $1.2 billion in revenue to the economy in federal, state and local tax revenue.
- 95% of DACA recipients are working or in school.
- DACA recipients pay federal income taxes.
4. How many recipients benefit from DACA?
5. Who decided it was a good idea for the DACA to be rescinded and who thinks that decision is a mistake?
- President Donald J. Trump rescinded the DACA Sept. 5, 2017 and DACA permits for many recipients will expire Mar. 6 unless Congress passes another bill.
- 73% of Donald Trump voters disagree with Trump and want young DREAMers to stay in the US legally.
- 19 state attorneys general and Washington, D.C.’s Attorney General have urged President Trump to keep the program.
These celebrities are not pleased as well about the decision. #U92SupportsDACA
Lauren Jauregui from Fifth Harmony
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) September 4, 2017
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) September 4, 2017
For more info and how you can help or support Dreamers and the DACA go to DACA: How to help