President Donald Trump has indicated
he wants to undo the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It had been enacted by his predecessor, Barack Obama, who signed an executive order that put the program in to action in August 2012.
It is designed to give immigrant children, who came to the U.S. illegally under the age of 16, a chance to stay on to study or work in America. 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 Pew Research Center
shows that 790,000 immigrants have been permitted to stay in the U.S. under the program, since it was created five years ago. Three-quarters of all DACA recipients come from Mexico (78 percent of approved applications).
Javier Palomarez, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and member of Trump's diversity team, has said in an interview that, "None of these young people get government benefits of any sorts. They're not costing us anything. They pay over two million dollars in taxes."
The below chart shows how many permits were granted in selected states since the program started until March 2017.