President Donald Trump has given Congress six months to act before he ends DACA, an Obama-era program that offers protection to thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
For all of those (DACA) that are concerned about your status during the 6 month period, you have nothing to worry about - No action!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 7, 2017
Whether you're team #DefendDACA or team #EndDACA, here are five myths about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that need to be debunked.
MYTH #1: DACA is unconstitutional.
The Trump administration's decision to wind down on DACA is in line with Trump’s campaign promise to get rid of the program he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have called "unconstitutional."
Legally, DACA is not unconstitutional. The program, created by the Obama administration in 2012, was put in place using federal laws Congress itself granted the executive branch to use. Even previous lawsuits against DACA have dismissed the case that it violates the law of the land.
So, while there's no doubt DACA is controversial, there's no legal case that can be made that DACA is unconstitutional.
MYTH #2: DACA recipients suck up government resources.
While DACA recipients can participate in social security, medicare and in some instances be able to claim a major tax credit, DACA recipients are not eligible for most forms of welfare and public assistance, like food stamps and Medicaid.
Additionally, DACA recipients contribute to the economy, because they pay taxes. DACA recipients have paid about $2 billion in state and local taxes, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates.
MYTH #3: DACA recipients are children.
Currently, DACA recipients' ages range from 16 to 35, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security.
The average DACA recipient is 26 years old. So, while most recipients came into the country as children, a majority of them are adults now.
MYTH #4: DACA recipients came to the U.S. from Mexico.
It's true that a vast majority of DACA recipients come from Mexico, but not all of them.
For example, less than 30 percent of eligible applicants applied from the Philippines, India and South Korea, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of Homeland Security.
MYTH #5: Most Americans want DACA eliminated.
It turns out more than half of Americans support DACA. An NBC News/Survey Monkey Poll found nearly two-thirds of Americans support a program allowing Dreamers to stay in the U.S.
A Morning Consult poll from April found 72 percent of Republicans believe DACA recipients should be able to stay or earn citizenship.
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