One year ago, thousands of young undocumented immigrants across the country started lining up for a program that would allow them stay in the country legally — a program President Obama enacted administratively in the absence of congressional action. Since then, more than 500,000 people have applied Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and more than 400,000 of them have been accepted into it, giving them two years to stop worrying about being deported as well as the freedom to work legally. States in the past year have shaped their own policies around the program while waiting for more federal action. The debate over comprehensive immigration reform, however, doesn’t appear to be over in Congress, based on remarks from Republicans this month.
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