Hundreds of thousands of so-called Dreamers — young adult immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children — could face possible deportation unless Congress can find a solution in the coming weeks.

In September, President Trump announced he would not renew the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, that provides these young people with certain temporary protections. The program is set to expire on March 5.

What should Congress do? What should Americans who care about this issue do? In this lesson, students learn more about the immigrants affected by this political standoff; evaluate the policy proposals being debated; and explore ways to have their voices heard on one of the most contentious issues in American politics.


If you have one or two class periods …

Warm Up

Barometer or Paired Activity: Share the four statements below with students and ask them to decide whether they agree or disagree with each. You may choose to have them spend a few minutes writing why they agree or disagree as well.

DACA recipients and supporters outside Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 22. Related ArticleCredit…Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

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