- December 6, 2020
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject: International Relations
Context: A U.S. judge ordered the Trump administration to fully reinstate DACA programme that protects from deportation immigrants who came to the country illegally as children.
- DACA is an American immigration policy established by the Obama administration through an executive action in 2012.
- It allows some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
- The DACA programme has helped around 8,00,000 beneficiaries, a group that is commonly referred to as the ‘Dreamers’.
- This program protects such immigrants from deportation & grant them a two-year relief which can be extended by issuing work permit and a Social Security number.
- Recipients of DACA need to satisfy several requirements, including clear criminal record. Also, Such immigrants must have been 30 or younger at the time of launch of DACA and brought to the US before age 16.
- DACA does not provide legal US residency; it only provides the reprieve from deportation while being allowed to legally work. The large majority of DACA recipients are from Mexico.