10th Anniversary of DACA Program

Last week, the Biden Administration celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program is administrative relief that protects eligible immigrants who came to the United States when they were children from deportation and access to work permits. According to a Congressional Research Service report in 2021, a national survey of DACA recipients was conducted from 2016 to 2019. The survey found that 29 percent of DACA recipients held a postgraduate degree, compared to 5 percent in 2016.

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona released a statement on the 10th anniversary of the DACA policy. “A decade ago, the Obama-Biden administration worked alongside Dreamers and immigration experts to establish DACA. Since then, DACA has provided hundreds of thousands of people who grew up in the United States, living American lives and dreaming American dreams, with protection from deportation, access to work permits and education, and hope for a brighter future. Over the last ten years, Dreamers have thrived in our schools, contributed to our communities, and built successful careers in education, health care, the military and so much more.”