The Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in March 2018, throwing the lives of more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children into limbo. Known as Dreamers, they’ve enjoyed protection from deportation and the freedom to study and work under a program started by former President Barack Obama in 2012.
Now, all that could change. While there’s been talk of Congress finally passing the DREAM Act, which would offer Dreamers much of the same protections as DACA, there’s no guarantee the law will pass. If it doesn’t and the DACA program does end in 2018, hundreds of thousands of people could end up going back to countries they have little memory of and haven’t lived in for years.
Where would the Dreamers go? The majority would have to go to Mexico, the original home of 78% of DACA recipients. But thousands are from other countries around the world, mostly in Central and South America, but also Asia and Europe. (About 1,700 DACA recipients are from Poland.)
Most DACA recipients come from these 15 countries.
- Number of Dreamers: 3,099
Since 2012, 787,580 DACA applications have been approved, according to data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Just over 3,000 of them are originally from Venezuela. If deported, they’ll end up back in a deeply troubled country suffering from a severe economic crisis, food shortages, and violent protests against the current government.