In the next few weeks, you’re going to be seeing a lot of lawyers and elected officials discussing DACA, the federal program also known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program was first introduced in June 2012 and has granted 800,000 young undocumented immigrants protection from deportation and temporary work permits.
DACA has been in the spotlight since the Trump Administration announced it would rescind it in September 2017. The program has been tied up in courts for close to three years now, with a Supreme Court decision expected by the end of Summer.
As we prepare for the Supreme Court to announce the fate of DACA, RAICES is amplifying voices of DACA recipients, who we know are the real experts in this situation. We want to make sure the national conversation is led by the experiences and ideas of DACA recipients themselves.
We started this project by asking DACA recipients a simple question: what do you want everyone to know right now? Today, we introduce you to the first videos we have published in the series.
Meet Oscar, a DACA recipient living in North Carolina, who discusses the intersection of law enforcement and immigration agents.
Meet Sheila, a DACA recipient living in New Jersey, who is mourning two uncles she lost to COVID-19 while she considers the upcoming Supreme Court decision and how she can support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Meet Ana Laura, a DACA recipient living in Texas, whose work in the medical field is transforming health care for underrepresented communities and says we’ve only just begun to see the potential of DACA recipients.
You can find future videos by searching for the #RealDACAExperts hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.