Does DACA and/or DAPA mean I have legal status

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Why is it that the two most important and irrefutable aspects of being legal in the US.................a Social Security number and an EAD does not confer legal status still for DREAMERS? Was President Obama being too careful and too political when he announced DACA back in June 2012? Why can not it confer legal status when other visas like the H1b, J-1, F-1 are considered legal once they have a Social Security number and/or an EAD? I am too confused and bewildered by this statement from DACA: "This does not confer legal status."

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Only Congress create new immigration status. The president has the authority to prioritize immigration enforcement and defer deportation for a temporary period of time. Work authorization can be granted upon a showin of economic need.

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