What Is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain individuals who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, and is subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.
Individuals who demonstrate that they meet the guidelines may request consideration for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization.
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