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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a temporary program that came into effect on August 15, 2012, and it allows young people who entered the United States as children to request deferral of removal from the U.S. It also provides successful applicants with work authorization. Applications for deferred actions to be to sent to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It is important to understand that this is not a direct path to legal permanent residency or citizenship. It only stops unjust deportation and provides work authorization for a two-year period.