1. There is a difference between the terms ‘DACA’ and ‘DREAMer’.
The two terms are often used interchangeably. But they’re not the same. The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act is a bill introduced in the United States Senate in July 2017. The bill is designed to protect DREAMers from deportation. If passed, the DREAM act becomes the law of the land.
DACA is different. The executive order known as DACA – or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – was signed by President Barack Obama to provide DREAMers some relief from deportation. The DACA program was ended by President Donald Trump in September 2017. The difference with the DREAMers bill is that the DACA program is temporary and can be undone by any president.
The Supreme Court’s hearing on November 12 commences the process to decide whether that decision was unlawful, and will decide the legal fate of nearly a million Americans.
2. The majority of DREAMers are from Mexico, but not all. Most DREAMers live in California and Texas.