Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

ADVISORY (Nov. 11, 2016) - Before consulting the resources below, please first review the resource page we have assembled on how to proceed given the possible cancellation of the DACA program. In particular, consider United We Dream's recommendations, Immigrant Legal Resource Center's factsheet, and National Immigration Law Center's guidance, all of which address issues for DACA beneficiaries and would-be applicants.


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) offers an estimated 2.3 million immigrants across the United States access to the American Dream. The program allows qualifying Dreamers—immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since they were children but lack legal status—to earn temporary protection from deportation and a work permit. One study found that three out of five successful applicants earned a new job, half opened their first bank account, and a third obtained their first credit cards after receiving DACA.

DACA offers philanthropy the chance to play a transformative role in helping several million youth and young adults expand their contributions to society and realize their full potential. To assist with implementation efforts, GCIR launched Delivering on the Dream, an initiative that coordinates national, state, and local funding—including via funder collaboratives—to maximize the number of individuals who ultimately benefit from this critical form of immigration relief.

Funding Recommendations


Other Groups

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USCIS Application Data

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U.S. Census-Based Estimates


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Loan Funds

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