Common Misconceptions

DACA is just for children brought into the U.S. by their parents. Myth

Why? DACA only requires entrance before age 16, even if the entry was by a young alien on his or her own. The rules do not actually require any individual to bring them in.

Aliens under age 31 can apply for deferred action.

DACA is for the best and the brightest, specifically college graduates and military servicemen. Myth

Why? Applicants have to have a high school diploma or a GED, or be "in school" to qualify. If an alien doesn't have a high school diploma or GED, the alien can qualify as long as he or she can demonstrate enrollment in some form of schooling.

DACA will not benefit criminals. Myth

Why? People who have been convicted of misdemeanors will be admitted, as long as they don't have more than three misdemeanors, or the misdemeanors they have been convicted of are not considered "significant."

The government will only be reviewing federal criminal records, not state records.

Many of the documents that can be used to qualify for DACA are easy to fake, welcoming fraud.

The government will not be requiring applicants to disclose social security numbers if they fraudulently used any while illegally present.

Employers who provide information to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) verifying the presence of DACA applicants will not face criminal charges for employing illegal aliens unless there are “egregious violations” or there is “widespread abuse.”

Illegal aliens who serve honorably in the US military would be deported without DACA. Myth

Why? First, illegal aliens are currently ineligible to join the US Armed Forces, so few have. Moreover, there is already a provision in the law (Section 329 of the Immigration and Nationality Act) that allows any alien, including an illegal alien, who enlists to apply immediately for US citizenship.

DACA will not harm American workers. Myth

Why? All approved DACA applicants will receive employment authorization, which will allow an estimated 1.7 million eligible aliens to compete for American jobs.

DACA is only for people under the age of 30. Myth

Why? Family members of DACA applicants are likely to be given "prosecutorial discretion," allowing them to avoid arrest and deportation.

Daca will not lead to citizenship for any beneficiaries. Myth

Why? The DHS has already announced that it will grant advance parole to DACA aliens, which allows them to adjust to lawful permanent resident status and places them on the path to citizenship.

The DACA guidelines give DHS employees prosecutorial discretion to not deport DACA eligible aliens. Myth

Why? The DACA guidelines prohibit immigration agents from deporting illegal aliens who claim to be eligible for DACA, without any proof required.

DACA applications will be denied if they do not meet the standards. Myth

Why? As of this 10/10/2012, no applications have been denied.

DACA will require applicants to prove their eligibility and the DHS will verify their documents. Myth

Why? The documents the DHS is accepting are easily forged and difficult to verify, even if the DHS chose to verify them.