Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is a United States government program established during the Obama Administration that gave executive amnesty to illegal immigrants who crossed the border as children.[1][2][3] It is related to the defunct DAPA program, also created by the Obama Administration.

Many Democrats support amnesty for illegal immigrants, including DACA recipients, in order to provide the Democrat Party with additional voters. This was affirmed in a leaked memo by the Center for American Progress Action Fund that stated that legalizing DACA was "a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success."[4] Despite this, many Democrats and liberals give a higher priority to preserving chain migration.[5] A DACA amnesty also would be more expensive than building a wall along the southern border.[6] It was reported in October 2019 that 14,000 illegal migrants used DACA as a pathway to citizenship.[7]


The Obama Administration established DACA[8][9][10][11] in 2012. Not only did it give amnesty to illegals who were minors when they entered the country, but it gave them work permits (jobs which could have gone to American citizens). Additionally, the Obama Administration was able to give green cards to about 40,000 of those DACA illegals.[12][13] In his 2013 memoir, liberal Democrat U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez, an ally of Obama on immigration issues, stated that Obama did not believe that DACA was legally possible until he enacted it.[14]

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced that it would end the DACA program in six months,[15] and it began negotiations with Congress on potentially making the program legal in exchange for border security provisions.

By 2019, over 172,000 DACA recipients had dropped out of the program.[16]

DACA and crime

Illegal migrants took advantage of DACA to commit crimes.[17] In June 2018, the DHS reported that nearly 60,000 DACA recipients had arrest records, with 10 being accused of murder, even though all of them were shielded from deportation through the executive order.[18] In 2019, the DHS updated its data, reporting that 80,000 DACA recipients – roughly 10% – had arrest records.[19]

See also


  1. Duke, Selwyn (January 8, 2018). Truth on DACA: We’ve Already Granted Amnesty to These Illegals. The New American. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  2. Vadum, Matthew (November 14, 2019). DACA From Right and Left: Political Corruption or Human Decency? The Epoch Times. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  3. Miano, John (November 15, 2019). What Is DACA? Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  4. Binder, John (January 11, 2018). Leaked Memo: DACA Amnesty Is ‘Critical Component of Democratic Party’s Future Electoral Success’. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  5. Binder, John (February 20, 2018). DACA Illegal Aliens March in Lockstep With Democrats: Maintaining Chain Migration Takes Priority Over Amnesty. Breitbart News. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  6. Binder, John (December 11, 2018). DACA Amnesty Would Render Border Wall Useless, Cost Americans $26B. Breitbart News. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  7. Dinan, Stephen (October 24, 2019). 'Paroled' Dreamers exploit Obama loophole on path to citizenship. The Washington Times. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  8. Munro, Neil (July 21, 2017). DACA: Seven Facts About Obama’s Amnesty Decree. Breitbart News. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  9. Nolte, John (September 5, 2017). 14 Things the MSM Won’t Tell You About DACA. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  10. Klein, Aaron (September 3, 2017). How the Obama Administration Bypassed Congress to Grant De Facto Amnesty to Young Illegal Aliens. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  11. Olowski, Lew Jan (December 12, 2019). DACA: An Actual Abuse of Power. Human Events. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  12. Munro, Neil (September 1, 2017). 45,000 Illegals Using DACA Backdoor to Get Green Cards. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  13. Binder, John (September 26, 2017). Feds Confirm 40K Illegal Aliens Shielded by DACA Already Given Amnesty. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  14. Pollak, Joel B. (September 5, 2017). Luis Gutiérrez on DACA in 2013: Obama Said It Was Illegal. Breitbart News. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  15. Multiple references:
  16. North, David (November 25, 2019). What About the 172,000 DACA Dropouts? A Question Not Raised. Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  17. Dinan, Stephen (August 19, 2019). DACA's dark side: Illegal immigrants use Obama reprieve for criminal activities. The Washington Times. Retrieved August 19, 2019.
  18. Multiple references:
  19. Multiple references: See also: