There is a lot of uninformed discussion about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Here are a few quick points about DACA:
• DACA, a two-year (renewable) deferment of deportation for those who were brought to this country by their parents. Those who met the requirements, which included freedom from any criminal activity, received only the privilege of not being deported immediately, and the opportunity to work in the U.S. New arrivals cannot apply, so it is not a “draw” for more immigration.
• DACA recipients, as with all undocumented immigrants, are not entitled to welfare, school subsidies, Pell grants, housing, food stamps or other benefits. U.S. born children of immigrants have the rights of all citizens, but DACA do not. They are only allowed to work and pay taxes.
• DACA participation does not lead to citizenship. There is no line. Imagine growing up in the U.S., attending school and other activities along with everyone else. Upon graduation, citizens go on to further education, the military, or other careers. Those who are undocumented, without DACA, have nothing, no future.
• Given the chance to work and to put themselves through school, many DACA recipients are now, or are becoming nurses, paramedics, teachers, or U.S. military personnel. All support Social Security and other benefits for U.S. born citizens through the taxes they pay (but cannot themselves receive benefits from them).