(NEWS) A decade of DACA: A middle-class launching pad for thousands is at risk

As a young girl raised in the U.S. without legal status, Karla Mendoza Arana learned how to accept a limited future.

Mendoza Arana’s dad was a chemical engineer in Peru and her mother was a pre-school teacher; both were pastors. But when they moved to the U.S., the couple, who were undocumented, worked at a warehouse, later switching to housekeeping.

For Mendoza Arana, her prospects changed when in 2012 President Barack Obama implemented the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA, allowing hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who were largely raised in the U.S. to apply to work and study in the U.S. without fear of being deported.

NBC News, June 14, 2022
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