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Washington, DC – Tomorrow – August 15, 2023 – marks the 11th anniversary of the first day certain Dreamers could sign up for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Created under President Obama, DACA has been one of the few safeguards for undocumented migrants who face increasing threats from Republican-led policies and legislation. Over the past 11 years, the program has provided deportation protection for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, toddlers or babies, which allowed them to work and pursue their education, and compensated for inaction by the federal government to enact immigration solutions that would permanently allow these Americans to continue living in the country they call home. Republican lawsuits continue to jeopardize what is left of the DACA program, despite the fact that a whole new generation of Dreamers is being excluded from the program and that those who do have DACA now have lived in the U.S. for a minimum of 16 years.
The following is a statement from Yuna Oh, political associate for America’s Voice and DACA recipient:
“Being a DACA recipient since the beginning of the program basically opened doors for me that I didn’t have access to. I was able to go to college, get a driver’s license, and apply to jobs. DACA made it possible for me to start my career and plan for my future. Despite the uncertainty of my life in the United States, DACA gave me stability and a better quality of life. Without DACA, I wouldn’t be at the stage of my life today.”