I am simply at a loss of words at the moment imaging the fear families who signed up for DACA must be feeling right now.  I find eduction helps me understand what we are up against.  We wanted to share this explainer by Vox News.


9 facts that explain DACA, the immigration program Trump is threatening to end

How DACA works, who it protects, and what could happen to immigrants if Trump shuts it down.

Alex Wong/Getty

The most consequential decision President Donald Trump is going to make on immigration in his first year in office isn’t about the wall, or who’s going to pay for it, or anything else he talked about incessantly on the campaign trail.

It’s about the fate of a program he didn’t mention outright, that many people didn’t know about and even fewer understood: the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which has protected nearly 800,000 young adult unauthorized immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work legally since 2012.

The immigrants protected through DACA grew up in the US; people might not assume they are unauthorized immigrants, and they might not have even known it themselves until they were teenagers. The program was supposed to give them a chance to build a life here.

Now, DACA could be on the chopping block. Trump is under pressure to make a decision about its future before September 5, the day a group of Republican state officials are set to sue over its constitutionality.

The prospect of DACA’s demise is throwing the program into sharp relief: calling attention to the “DREAMers” who’ve been able to benefit from it, and the ways in which their lives have been changed over the past five years.

Here’s a guide to the program, the people it protects, and what could happen in the near future.

1) DACA is a program to protect DREAMers — unauthorized immigrants brought to the US as children

In the 1990s to mid-2000s, the US started building up enforcement on the US/Mexico border, with a huge unintended consequence: Many unauthorized immigrants avoided repeated risky border crossings by settling in the US with their families. (Previously, unauthorized immigrants had mostly been working-age men who crossed back and forth to the US for work while their families stayed in their home countries.)

To read the entire article on Vox News, click here:  https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/31/16226934/daca-trump-dreamers-immigration