by Jessica Reyes
Immigration has always been a controversial topic in the United States. Historically, many immigrants fled to the U.S for a safe and beneficial life; this trend has never stopped. Undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S as children are referred to as Dreamers, because they want to create a future that they have dreamed of: One with education and the drive to make things happen in their lives for themselves and for others. That is why many Immigrants apply for DACA.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (a.k.a DACA) is an administrative protectionfor immigrants from being deported. This program allows unprivileged youth that immigrate to the United States to have protection from deportation. It also provides them with free education and the ability to obtain a work permit. DACA was issued by Barack Obama in 2012. One of its few requirements is that a person could renew every their status every two years, and that person had to live in the U.S for 10 years. Many immigrants who applied to the program now find its benefits might be slipping away from their hands.
Based on information presented in Politico: Trump’s Quiet Reversal on Deporting Young Undocumented Immigrants, an article by Priscilla Alvarez published in XYZ, President Trump announced the elimination of DACA, which threatens deportation for previously protected youth. These formerly protected immigrants are now threatened with deportation, without any advanced notice. The article states “More than 750,000 undocumented immigrants have received temporary protection,” which is now considered at risk. Trump’s later “decisions” about DACA actually seem indecisive; he later stated that he wouldn’t formally take DACA away, and that Congress could come up with an alternate plan; however, based on other decisions made in the past, protected people now face the possibility of deportation—and some already have been. Also, based on guidelines under the program, recipients can have their DACA status suddenly revoked without warning. This is a fear that many immigrants face: Having their hearts and dreams broken into millions of pieces while not knowing what the future holds for them, and being forced or stranded outside the country with nowhere to go.
DACA provides unprivileged immigrants with rights. This program allows them to perfectly fit within society by making them feel equal. The situation about their birth and homeland does not matter; as they were brought to America as children, they were raised American, identify with Americans, and feel American. Although the government has often been inattentive with the numerous amounts of immigrants that take advantage their situation by squandering it, most dreamers legitimately receive and pursue their education – and statistically do more to attain their goals than those who are native born.
Alvarez’s article states “Trump recently told the Associated Press that DACA recipients should rest easy under the immigration policies he is going to establish,” but Trump’s current image is that he’s moving faster than anyone could imagine by deporting all immigrants away from this country. The question that lingers: How are immigrants going to rest easy knowing that their future desires may soon be thrown away? Trump says he’s going to “deal with DACA with heart,” but has left the details to Congress with no clear guidelines. As a result, they government has created a potentially false promise.
In the U.S, there are many supportive people protesting in order to defend the lives of these Dreamers. The US Congress is now being held responsible for an alternate plan, but should consider the simplest choice: resume with the DACA program. Based on a recent conducted poll by Economist, 55% of the people who voted agreed that it’s wrong for DACA to be eliminated; only 27% that disagreed. This summarizes how over half of the US population is willing to support these Dreamers to have a better future not just for themselves but for their families, too. The youth should have the ability to live their lives to the fullest and succeed with their ultimate goals. They should be allowed more than a glance how one genuinely contributes to American contribute to society without feeling left out.
Dreamers who fight for their desires now may not win in the end. But these DACA dreamers stand tall with one another to keep fighting for their rights. Together they have already shown a major shift in society’s views that has allowed the population of the US to recognize—and fight for—the Dreamers’ life-changing goals.