Story Pitch: How has DACA changed the lives of Chicago Youth?

Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals( DACA) is the policy that President Barack Obama created in 2012 to stop the deportations of immigrants, 30 years old and under, undocumented students that came to the U.S. before age 16 as of June 15, 2012 (Center for Progress). At the time, out of 11 million undocumented people in this country, 1.2 million people were immediately eligible  (Center for Progress). Since then, 587,366 have applied and 473,000 are expected to age into the program, according to the Center for Progress. The numbers are high and renewals are currently happening, that is why Real Chi Youth is doing a story on how DACA has affected the lives of its recipients as well as what the community we are investigating some of the changes that have happened since 2012. Real Chi Youth plans to interview CPS Special Population Specialist Luis Narvez, DACA summer program director at Solorio High School  Rigo Padilla and DACA recipient and community organizer Maria Gonzalez. The piece is going to be presented in a video medium.

By Carolina Gallo, Michael Key, Sarah Ford and Johnny Thrower

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