Over the past ten years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has changed the lives of nearly 800,000 recipients and their families by removing the threat of family separation and improving their economic security. Recent court rulings have barred new applicants for DACA, although current recipients can still renew their status. The DACA program in its entirety, however, is facing its end as it has already been ruled unlawful and is unlikely to receive a favorable decision if it reaches the Supreme Court.
DACA recipients and their families should not be forced to live their lives according to the whims of the courts. Undocumented youth who call this country home should not continue to face an uncertain future. DACA was never meant to be a permanent solution. Every day Congress delays taking action is a day too long. The time for action is now.