Protect DACA

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Protect DACA

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Maria F started this petition to Representative French Hill and

Please support the DACA program. 

Without the DACA program hundreds of thousands of individuals that came here as young children without a choice or voice will live in fear of being deported to a country they do not know whether it be Mexico, Canada, Africa, or Asia.

This is our country. We have grown up in the United States of America and have learned to love the song of The Star-Spangled Banner at every football game. We have learned English, attended school, lived the American life.

Why throw these individuals to a place that is not known to them? Imagine if it was your child that was undocumented and in fear of getting deported to an unknown country.

We have grown to love the USA.

We need your help to stay.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy founded in June 2012.

Although, deferred action does not provide lawful status, DACA allows certain undocumented immigrants, who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deportation relief and eligibility for a work permit if they meet numerous requirements. 

The requirements are that the applicants:

• Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

•Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;

•Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;

•Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making the request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;

• are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the Coast Guard or armed forces;

•have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and

• do not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Applicants will have to provide documentary evidence of all the required criteria. In addition, every applicant must complete and pass a biographic and biometric background check for every 2 year renewal.

DACA status will be revoked of those who are convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor, or more than three misdemeanors of any kind; and pose a threat to national security or public safety

When the program was announced in 2012, there was general support among the U.S. general public. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults (63%) approved of the program, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center survey.

The program currently benefits hundreds of thousands of individuals, many of whom have thrived thanks to the opportunities it provides. Under DACA, immigrants have been able to start businesses, pursue higher education, and contribute to their communities.

Extending work permits to DACA recipients translates into higher tax revenues. These revenues support vital programs such as Social Security and Medicare—even as undocumented immigrants are unable to access these and other social safety net programs.

DACA recipients join the workforce, pay into the social security system, pay taxes, and, live more fully as contributing members of society. 

One of the best things that you can do as an ally is to become informed about the DACA program and help dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that surround it.


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