In recent events, the plight of DACA and all the repercussions suffered by the thousands of people that it will effect, has the nation silenced.
In case you are not familiar with DACA, according to an article by Richard Gonzales, an author for the National Public Radio, “DACA is the acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program created in 2012 by the Obama administration allowing young people brought to this country illegally by their parents to get a temporary reprieve from deportation and to receive permission to work, study and obtain driver’s licenses” (Gonzales).
However, DACA is officially ending. But according to Gonzales, congress has a chance to save it.
“There is no way of knowing whether Congress will ever come to the DREAMers’ rescue and craft a plan that salvages any of the protections brought by DACA. In a statement about DACA, President Trump called on Congress to act, but he did not specifically endorse legislation to preserve it” (Gonzales).
This statement brings no comfort to the nation because the lives of thousands of people will be effected by the repealing of this piece of legislature. Gonzales states that the original purpose of DACA was to protect the minors brought to America.
“Unable to find a legislative remedy to protect minors who were brought to this country through no fault of their own, the Obama administration created the DACA program through executive action in June 2012” (Gonzales).
In my opinion, ending DACA is not helping the US at all. We are tearing down everything that our founding fathers stood for. America was supposed to be a place where anybody could come and was welcomed with open arms. DACA specifically gave the DREAMers’ legal documentation and helped them obtain an education and a career, and that is something that every good functioning economy would want. America could be leading the world with generosity and good ideas, but instead we are doing the opposite; as far as I’m concerned.
What are your opinions on DACA and how it could have been handled better?
Photo credit: Citrus College Clarion; What happens to a Dreamer undeferred
Gonzales, Richard. 5 Questions About DACA Answered. 5 September 2017. Web. 17 September 2017.