Daring to dream: DACA defined 


Sufia Alam
Editor in Chief 


In 2017,the Kaleidoscope covered Birmingham community members protesting the rescinding of DACA, Deferred Action for Children Arrivals program. 

During the next few weeks, Kaleidoscope will be revisiting some of the DACA recipients who participated in the rally and highlighting their journey up until now. 


The story 

In November2019, The Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the cases, Trump vs. NAACP, McAleenan v. Vidal and Department of Homeland Security Regents of University of California. The legal question the Supreme Court is considering today is; if the Trump Administration took the correct procedural steps to end DACA, according to Vox. 


Within a few months, the future of all DACA recipients will be decided. The Kaleidoscope will be highlighting the journeys ofCaren Tinajero, a senior in nursing, Isaac Martinez, a clinical research assistant at UAB and Diana Garcia Martinez, a community leader and advocateof Birmingham. 



 (Left) Caren Tinajero, senior in nursing.  Photo by Harper Nichols/Staff Photographer / (Middle) Isaac Martinez, research assistant at UAB. Photo courtesy by Isaac Martinez. / (Right)Diana Martinez-Garcia, education/youth organizer of ¡HICA! Photo courtesy by Diana Martinez-Garcia.    





What is DACA? 

DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was established in June 2012 by former President Barack Obama to allow young adult unauthorized immigrants to receive a renewable two-year permit approving them to work and attend universities in the U.S. without fear of deportation.


While they are not considered legal residentsDACA gives these individuals legal standing in the United States. This does not establish a pathway to citizenship. 


Who qualifies for DACA?

To qualify for DACA, residents must meet the following requirements:

- Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012. 

- Came to the United States before reaching thier 16th birthday.

- Were 15 years or older when requesting DACA.

- Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors and do not otherwise pose a threat to the public. 


How DACA came to be

Then President Obama launched DACA in 2012 which allowed young people who came to the United States undocumented as children before their sixthbirthdayObama also sought to establish a new program, DAPA, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents which was blocked in 20115 through a lawsuit of 26 states. Recipients have also been given the nickname “Dreamers” from the Dream Act Bill. This act would have provided a pathway to permanent residency for undocumented immigrants who met certain requirements. However, the bill was not passed due to now having a bipartisan support in the Senate. 





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