DREAMers, or DACA recipients, are the about 1.5 million young people brought into the U.S. as children by undocumented parents. They’re Americans in every way but a passport. The DACA program temporarily protects recipients from deportation and provides them with work authorization. But many of the 1.5 million eligible young immigrants who had grown up in the United didn’t even apply. To be eligible, they had to meet a difficult set of criteria and standard of proof. Because of these challenges, only about half the people eligible ever applied.
Here are three things you should know about the program and about DREAMers.
1. No pathway for citizenship