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The Times podcast: A decade of downers with DACA

People raise their arms in protest outdoors.
Ingrid Vaca, left, a native of Bolivia, helps energize activists to rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., on June 15, 2022.
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
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For the last decade, about 800,000 individuals who came to the United States as children but have no legal status have been protected from deportation by a program commonly referred to as DACA. It has allowed them to legally work, apply for driver’s licenses and even travel abroad. But the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to strike DACA down, leaving the individuals enrolled with no clear step on how to legalize their status.

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Today, we hear from DACA recipients who aren’t going to wait to find out and have moved from the U.S.. Read the full transcript here.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times immigration reporter Andrea Castillo

More reading:

Why these DACA recipients traded living in the U.S. for other countries

‘I can’t keep fighting the system’: DACA recipients are leaving the U.S., disheartened by years of instability

On the 10th anniversary of DACA, Janet Napolitano reflects on program she helped create

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“The Times” is produced by Shannon Lin, Denise Guerra, Kasia Broussalian, David Toledo and Ashlea Brown. Our editorial assistants are Roberto Reyes and Nicolas Perez. Our engineers are Mario Diaz, Mark Nieto and Mike Heflin. Our editor is Kinsee Morlan. Our executive producers are Jazmin Aguilera, Heba Elorbany and Shani Hilton. And our theme music is by Andrew Eapen.

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