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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Reconsideration of the June 15, 2012 Memo Entitled "Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children"

On June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano established the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) through a memorandum entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children.” Ever since, the policy has been subject to substantial controversy. In recent years, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen concluded that the DACA policy should be fully rescinded and issued additional memoranda in 2017 and 2018, respectively, to effect that decision.

Written testimony of PLCY and USCIS for a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Decision to End Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy (PLCY) Assistant Secretary for Border Immigration and Trade Michael Dougherty, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director James McCament address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and how it is being moved toward an orderly phase out by the Administration.

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