How DACA affects the health of America's children

In recent years unauthorized immigrants known as “dreamers” have captured nationwide attention and become a force in American politics. Brought to the United States as children, these young adults came forward to ask for the right to give back to the country they call home. With protection from deportation, they say, comes the ability to pursue higher education and forge careers, to move from fear and uncertainty to planning a future with purpose. In 2012 their call was answered with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which awarded temporary work permits and protection from deportation to childhood arrivals. Today the program covers about 800,000 immigrants.