As the November 3 presidential election nears, there's little talk in the campaign about a topic that once made headlines: the Obama administration deferral of deportation of people brought to the U.S as children by their undocumented families.
Being a participant of DACA means being granted authorization to work, are able to get a drivers license, and also a Social Security number.
Undocumented people make up 2% of all students registered in higher education, according to a report by Pew research.
Student Edwin Torres says he is thankful for the program because he is able to stay here with his wife and son and take advantage of the opportunities he is given through DACA.
Student Orlando Martinez says he has seen the struggles his friends have had to face not being from the U.S and says he just wishes there is more that could be done for them.
He also says he is glad DACA was created and allowed him to meet some of his lifelong friends here at the University of North Texas.
According to Pew Research Center, as of 2019 about 640,000i immigrants have work permits and are protected from being deported.
Enrollees must meet a variety of qualifications, which include not being convicted of any crimes and entered into the U.S before their 16th birthday.
More than three quarters of Americans say that they believe there should be a way for undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally if certain criteria is met, according to The Pew Research Center.
In June 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can not end DACA and the program is here to stay for the time being.