What happened with DACA?

Annett Tamayo, Staff Writer

DACA also known as the “ Deferred Action Program For Childhood Arrivals” is meant to be a administrative relief from deportation.  It was established by the Obama administration,and it protects eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants protection from deportation and a work permit but most importantly it allows them to follow their dreams.This program has protected nearly 800,000 young adults in the country.(Vox)

   The new administration has made it loud and clear that they are against illegal immigration.Throughout Trump’s campaign he stated that “undocumented immigrants seeking legal status had only one route to citizenship: “to return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else under the rules of the new legal immigration system that I have outlined,” he said then, promising to “break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration.”(politico)

   On February 14 2017 the president touched on DACA and said that he would treat DACA with “heart”. On September 5th of 2017 that seemed otherwise. The trump administration delivered a speech involving the future of DACA . The president came to a decision that he will give congress the power to decide what will happen with the hundreds of thousands of dreamers, and tweeted out saying “ Congress now has 6 months to legalize DACA(something that the Obama Administration was unable to do).If they can’t, I will revisit this issue!” he wrote on twitter.

You may be wondering why president Trump decided to give power to congress over this subject that affects many people.? Well, President Trump claims that this program concerns “millions of Americans victimized by this unfair system” (NY Times). Jeff Sessions said that the program has “denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs”.

  This is a clearly another way for the Trump administration to create fear within immigrant communities, and it is even more cruel that they are targeting our families,friends, etc…. who are American just like all of us. Whether you are against “illegal immigration” or not these young people should not be punished for solely searching for a better future in the country that they have lived in their whole lives.

   Finally, Let us go forward today and continue to resist the trump administration as well as the fear that they want to cause .We are all human let’s not forget that! Furthermore, I cannot stress this enough “immigrants” should not be treated like objects ! We need to stick up for our community, because we are the future of this world!