Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.
Individuals who are granted deferred action are neither placed on a path to citizenship nor given a formal immigration status. They have no legal “right” to remain in the country, cannot sponsor family members to come to the United States, may not travel abroad without receiving advance permission from the government, and will not receive a “green card” or any other document evidencing a legal right to be in the country.
The N.C. Department of Transportation issues driver licenses and identification
cards to applicants qualified under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood
Arrivals program, which grants work permits to immigrants who were brought to
the U.S. as children.
DACA recipients may apply for a social security number.
In North Carolina, DACA students are not eligible for in-state tuition, state or
federal financial aid; they can attend public and private colleges and universities.
Losing DACA does not change anything in this regard.
Given the Supreme Court ruling in support of DACA in June 2020, individuals eligible for DACA should contact an attorney or community advocate for advice on how to proceed with a renewal or a new application
Source: National Immigration Law Center: https://www.nilc.org/issues/daca/
Center for New North Carolinians: https://cnnc.uncg.edu/what-daca-recipients-need-to-know/