The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was created by the Obama administration by executive order, meaning that it could be ended by executive order when the Trump administration moves in on Jan. 20. Considering Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric, many young people who are now benefitting from the program are dealing with fear and uncertainty.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a temporary lifeline for thousands of young immigrants. The Migration Policy Institute has reported that California ranks 11th in the nation for applications to the DACA program. This low ranking is unfortunate when you consider that the state actually has the largest number of people who are eligible for the program. Yet, only about 61 percent of the state's eligible population have applied for the program. This is slightly less than the 63 percent national rate.