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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a temporary program allowing young people who entered the United States as children to request deferral of removal from the country. As August 15, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving DACA applications. To be considered for DACA, an individual must have come to the U.S. before the age of 16, be continuously residing for 5 years in the U.S., be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012, be currently enrolled in a high school, graduated from high school, or obtained a GED certificate, or be honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or U.S. Armed Forces, must not have been convicted of a felony offense, or misdemeanor or pose a threat to national security or public safety.
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