There are an estimated one million undocumented students currently living in the United States. Many of these students arrived in the U.S. when they were just children, with no choice but to make this country their home. These undocumented youth struggle with simple things that other American’s might take for granted because of their undocumented status.
In July 2012 President Obama’s administration issued a directive known as DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA provides undocumented youth in the U.S. with the opportunity to get a work permit, a Social Security number, and in some states, a driver’s license. These benefits are renewable in two-year increments.
The Arrivals follows three students, Juan, Kiran and Marco whose lives are deeply affected by DACA. These are their stories.