A Dream Deferred
This case study examines the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, introduced as an executive action by President Barack Obama in 2012. Students will learn about DREAMers, the group of young immigrants DACA was implemented to protect, and the long-fought battle to preserve those protections. Using the unit’s Essential Questions as a framework, the case study’s main activity has students analyze arguments on both sides of this ongoing 21st-century immigration debate.
Note to Educators: At the time this case study was written, DACA was being actively debated in all three branches of government. The status of 800,000 DREAMers was in flux.