The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Trump administration's attempt to discontinue DACA, a program allowing people who came to the U.S. illegally as children to live, study and work in the country. While the ruling is not final, the current administration is not expected to make a second attempt to striking down the policy before November.
DACA is designed to give those who came to the U.S. illegally while under the age of 16 a chance at remaining. Grantees have to fulfill certain criteria, like being enrolled in high school or having a high school degree or GED equivalent, and not having a serious criminal conviction.
Data published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows that more than 800,000 people have been permitted to stay in the U.S. under the program since it was created in 2012. More than three-quarters of all DACA recipients come from Mexico (79 percent of approved initial applications). The state with the most approved applications was California, followed by Texas and Illinois (as of Q1 of 2020).
Initially, conservatives close to the Trump administration had defended DACA. Javier Palomarez, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the time and a former member of Trump's diversity team, said in a Fox News interview in 2017: "None of these DACA individuals are eligible for any kind of government subsidies or welfare. They pay over two billion dollars on an annual basis in terms of federal and state taxes."