MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of young people in Minnesota and Wisconsin could face arrest and eviction from the United States.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program, or DACA, allows them to get a two-year work permit that shields them from deportation.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: UK Variant Outbreak Linked To Youth Sports In Carver County, Officials Recommend 2-Week Pause
But President Donald Trump ended that Obama-era program — unless Congress acts soon.
DACA recipients must be:
Many states now give, or plan to give, driver’s licenses to DACA recipients so they can get to work or school: California, Illinois, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.READ MORE: More Than 1 Million Wisconsin Residents Have Been Vaccinated
And the impact on the economy by DACA recipients is significant:
In Minnesota, 6,324 young people have DACA status.
In Wisconsin, that number is even higher: 7,564 have DACA permits, protecting them from deportation, for now.
Part of what makes the DACA drama poignant? Young people gave all of their personal information to the government with the promise it would not be used against them.MORE NEWS: Faces Of COVID: Daryl Kruger, 82, Loved His Grandkids And The MN Twins
Now it is possible the government could use the information for deporting not only DACA recipients, but their parents, too.