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 lesson’s main activity has students analyze arguments on both sides of this ongoing 21st-century immigration debate.
Note to Educators: At the time this lesson was written DACA was being actively debated in all three branches of government. The status of 800,000 DREAMers was in flux. The issue of immigration, and immigration policy in particular, is a source of ongoing debate and discussion in American society, making it a critical topic for civic education in our schools. Review the resources listed in the introduction, Teaching About Immigration Today, and consider what steps you can take to model tolerance and civil discourse and ensure the issue is addressed with sensitivity.