Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an American immigration policy founded by the Obama administration in June 2012. DACA allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
The policy was created after acknowledgment that these illegal students had been largely raised in the United States, and was seen as a way to remove immigration enforcement attention from "low priority" individuals with good behavior.
Currently there are approximately 800,000 DACA recipients. The Trump administration announced on September 5, 2017 that it would discontinue the program giving the United States Congress six months to decide the fate of DACA recipients' legal status.