Who Are the Dreamers?
The Dreamers are about 800,000 undocumented youth and young adults whose parents brought them to the U.S before the age of 16. They have been living here uninterrupted since at least 2007. A great majority of these young people do not remember what it was like to live in their country of origin.
What is DACA?
DACA is an executive order President Obama signed. It provides the Dreamers with some protections from being deported and gives them a work permit. It does not give them any legal status, and it does not offer them a path to citizenship.
Can President Trump Get Rid of DACA?
Yes, he can. It appears President Trump is going to phase it out over the next six months.
What Impact Can We Expect on Dreamers After DACA Is Phased Out?
Many Dreamers have seen new opportunities open to them after they got their work permits. Those will no longer be available. These families will face more economic pressure as they return to less stable, lower paying jobs. This is not good for anyone.
We can expect an uptick in suicides once the deportation protections are lifted. Studies tell us that the DACA repeal will have serious impacts on Dreamers’ mental health and the mental health of their children. See these two articles for more information:
What Can I Do?
Contact your congressperson and tell them that you want them to pass the Dream Act to give the Dreamers legal status and a path to citizenship. Only Congress can fix this. President Trump, by delaying the end of DACA for six months, is giving Congress a chance to come up with a solution.