Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration option for undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before the age of 16. Although DACA does not provide a pathway to lawful permanent residence, it does provide temporary protection from deportation, work authorization, and the ability to apply for a social security number.
As a supporter of immigrant youth, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) has long advocated for policies to benefit the undocumented community. Through this work, the ILRC developed the only comprehensive manual on the topic, DACA: The Essential Legal Guide. We conduct trainings and provide technical support to immigration practitioners assisting individuals in the application process, and advocate at the federal level for a broadly inclusive DACA program.