“We are deeply disappointed and concerned that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is ending,” Andrea Skolkin, Chief Executive Officer of OneWorld, said. “The ending of this program leaves Nebraska young adults with uncertain futures at a time when we need their talents in the workforce. We urge our national leaders to work together to determine a path forward that allows DREAMers to stay and continue their contributions to our communities.”
DACA allowed certain immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action and eligibility for a work permit. To be eligible, immigrants must have entered the United States before their 16th birthdays and prior to June 2007; be currently in school; be a high school graduate or be honorably discharged from the military; be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012; and not have been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor or three other misdemeanors or otherwise pose a threat to national security. The program did not provide lawful status or a path to citizenship, nor did it provide eligibility for federal welfare or student aid.
A 2016 study found that DACA increased labor force participation and decreased the unemployment rate for DACA-eligible immigrants. The program also increased the income of immigrants in the bottom of the income distribution.
To learn more about the current status of DACA and about what allies can do, please plan to join OneWorld, Justice For Our Neighbors – Nebraska, Heartland Workers Center, ACLU of Nebraska and Nebraska Appleseed for Defend the DREAM: What DACA Recipients & Their Allies Need to Know on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. The event will take place in College of Saint Mary’s Gross Auditorium (7000 Mercy Rd).