Posts tagged with "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)"

Canadians split on offering entry to U.S. ‘Dreamers’

April 18, 2018

While most Canadians (64%) say U.S. President Donald Trump was wrong to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program—the Obama-era legislation that allowed roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the United States as children to remain in that country legally—that doesn’t mean they would invite DACA recipients to move to Canada, based on findings of a poll by the Angus Reid Institute released on April 9.

Just a little over one-third (38%) of Canadians say that their nation should offer DACA recipients the opportunity to emigrate there, while 34% say Canada should offer no such opportunity. The rest (28%) are unsure.

Canadians’ views on this question vary significantly depending on their familiarity with the DACA program, their age, and their political leanings. The youngest Canadian adults— those between the ages of 18 and 24—are among those who are most enthusiastic about the prospect of Canada welcoming DACA recipients; while those ages 25 and older are more divided

Those who voted for the Liberal or New Democratic parties in 2015 largely support inviting DACA recipients to come to Canada, while most of those who supported the Conservative Party say Canada should not offer such an opportunity

Overall, awareness of this issue in Canada is relatively low, with one-in-four (24%) saying they haven’t seen or heard anything about it, and another 29% “just scanning the headlines”

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California Dreamin’ of DACA

December 8, 2017

According to a recent poll commissioned by The California Endowment, voters across the state are very familiar with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and want to see it become law.

About 75% of those surveyed offered overall support of DACA, with 74% saying they back a permanent DACA program. Conversely, voters overwhelming disapprove of a repeal of the program.

DACA is a U.S. immigration program that began under then-Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano of the Obama administration in June 2012. The administrative program allows undocumented residents who entered the country before their 16th birthdays— and before June 2007—to receive a renewable two-year work permit and exemption from deportation. These young adults are often referred to as “dreamers,” and many came to America as young children, which means this is the only country they know as home.

The survey of more than 1,000 voters was conducted by a bipartisan team—Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates (FM3) and Public Opinion Strategies. They found that support cut across many of California’s demographic groups, including support from three in five moderate  and liberal Republicans (60%) who back DACA.

“Once again, California proves that we don’t follow; we lead,” said Dr. Tony Iton, senior vice president with The California Endowment. “We must not be divided by our differences. We believe in these young people, and we know they are the reason California thrives.”

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