Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) bill failed in US Senate

  • The United States Senate on February 15, rejected a series of bills to protect ‘Dreamer‘ immigrants who faces deportation post March 5, the deadline set by the Trump administration. 
  • The US Senate failed to get the minimum 60 votes to move forward on four separate proposals.  
  • Nearly 8 lakh Dreamers benefited from ‘Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that allowed them to work and study in the United States.
  • The US President Donald Trump rescinded the program last year and set a March 5 expiration date. However, Federal Judges have blocked that from taking effect amid litigation.

What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?  

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an administrative relief of USA for illegal immigrants from deportation. The objective of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. Those who can apply for DACA:
    • A person who is under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012;
    • A person first came to the United States before his 16th birthday;
    • A person who have lived continuously in US from June 15, 2007 until the present;
    • A person who was physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time he apply


  •  A ‘Dreamer’ refers to a young person who qualifies for the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. They are also frequently referred to as ‘DAC’, recipients. 

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