Uncertainty around DACA creates 'perfect breeding ground' for misinformation

Nicole Acevedo
Date of Publication: 
June, 2023
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The uncertainty around the fate of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, has created "a perfect breeding ground" for misinformation to flourish online, advocates say.

More than 580,000 DACA recipients have been living with uncertainty around the Obama-era program amid a six-year legal battle from the Trump administration as well as from nine Republican-led states.

DACA, which will mark its 11th anniversary on Thursday, has allowed eligible young immigrants who lack legal status after having been brought to the U.S. as children to work and study without fear of deportation.

The legal back and forth has not only created an unpredictable situation for DACA recipients, it has also become "a perfect breeding ground for bad actors to push this misinformation,” said José Muñoz, a DACA recipient and deputy communications director at United We Dream, the nation’s largest immigrant youth-led organization.

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Acevedo, N. (2023, June). Uncertainty around DACA creates 'perfect breeding ground' for misinformation. NBC News. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/daca-uncertainty-misinformation-anni...