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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program turns one

August 15, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- One year ago today, on Aug. 15, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Two months earlier, the Obama administration had announced the new program. In the year since DACA has been in place, more than 400,000 young undocumented immigrants who meet the program’s requirements have been granted a two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation — and the opportunity to work and attend school.

The following is a statement by Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum:

“DACA has provided a taste of the difference immigration reform can make. There’s no doubt it helped pave the way for the bipartisan debate about reform we are now having. Since its implementation, support for broad, commonsense solutions has only grown, especially within conservative circles.

"Still, DACA is a Band-Aid and not a cure. It is limited and only temporary, and that’s why Congress must move forward with long-term, bipartisan solutions. As shown by the hundred of local events across the country during the August recess, conservative faith, business and law enforcement leaders stand ready to support members who are working to implement commonsense, permanent solutions for Dreamers and aspiring Americans.”

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