SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program turned five Aug. 15. The policy lets immigrant youth under 30 who arrived stateside to apply for legal living and working status  provided they have no criminal record  and, crucially, to avoid deportation.
Since 2012, about 800,000 immigrant youth across the U.S. have entered the DACA program, and 27 percent (216,000) live and work in California, according to Rhonda Rios Kravitz, head of Alianza, a nonprofit group that advocates for DACA youth.
"There is heightened fear in the immigrant community now," she said, due to the uncertainty of the DACA program continuing under President Donald Trump. On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to end the program, but has softened that stance since taking office, despite escalating immigration enforcement.