Slacker’s Syllabus: Meet the DREAMers

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Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in 2012.

It allows undocumented people who came to the United States as kids to continue living, working, and studying here.

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DACA recipients are often referred to as DREAMers, a name that comes from a piece of legislation known as the DREAM Act.

The act would have enshrined into law these protections for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act failed to pass Congress, so Obama created DACA as a stopgap safety measure.

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