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Education is the Key to a Better Future: An Understanding of the DACA Renewal Process

By Lisa M. Rivas

June 15, 2014 marks the two-year anniversary of the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. This is a date of reflection; it is a day when we will see all that has been accomplished and yet how much must still be done.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, was created on June 15, 2012 for children who arrived in the United States prior to June 15, 2007 and prior to their sixteenth birthday. People wishing to apply had to show that they were enrolled in high school or in adult education classes or that they had graduated from high school or obtained a GED. One also could not have been convicted of three or more misdemeanors, a significant misdemeanor or an aggravated felony. Furthermore, in order to apply, one had to be at least fifteen years old. Those who applied and were eligible were granted DACA status and were given an employment authorization card that allowed them to work legally in the United States and obtain a driver

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