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Promise and Peril for Undocumented Students

Dreamers Interactive

For the thousands of college students who were brought to the United States illegally as children by their parents, President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, provided temporary shelter.

The program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 such immigrants to work and study here for two-year renewable terms since 2012, protected those young people from deportation. But because the program only deferred action and was the result of a presidential memo, not congressional legislation, it was vulnerable to being rescinded by another president.

Here are Chronicle articles that provide background, context, and depth on the history of the program and its participants.