President Donald Trump has decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program used to protect over 800,000 immigrant children. These children grew up in the United States and most are now in college. The program has lasted for 5 years and was started by the Obama Administration. The President has put the decision in the hands of congress by saying, "It's time for Congress to act!". The administration has let dreamers renew their 2 year permit to stay in the DACA program if theirs expires by March 2018. Senate's like Mitch McConnell agree with the President's settlement about DACA by saying, "This Congress will continue working on securing our border and ensuring a lawful system of immigration". If Congress doesn't have a plan by 2018, as many as 300,000 dreamers can begin to "lose their status" says Tal Kopan, author of "Trump Ends DACA But Gives Congress Window to Save It". If people do not renew their DACA position, they might be forced into deportation. A senior DHS official says that they "Would be like any other person who's in the country illegally," meaning that the DACA program protects illegal immigrants to stay in the U.S.
On Wednesday October 25, President Donald Trump vocalized that he would ‘love’ preserve DACA. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a policy that allows young immigrants, whose parents migrated them into the U.S., to be able to stay in the U.S. The program also allows imigrants, or 'dreamers', to be able to go to school, have a steady job, and not worry about the possibility of deportation. Trump’s words were, “I’d love to do a DACA deal, but we have to get something very substantial for it, including the wall.” In September the president provided Congress six months to set a plan for DACA regarding the expiration of deportation deferrals. Now Congress is bouncing around ideas in relation to a solution for DACA as well as “A must-pass spending bill due for a vote in early December” says Brian Bennett, author of “Trump would ‘love to do a DACA deal, wants it to include border wall funds”.
Diana Zarumeño, was a child when her father brought her her to the United States. She worked hard as a school janitor, among other jobs, to earn the money she needed to go to college. But in the back of her mind she always knew that the one thing holding her back was being undocumented. Being undocumented restricts her from receiving financial aid. When she was 17 Zarumeño decided to drop out of college because she felt like she wasn’t smart enough. In 2012 former president Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. When Diana was 18 she qualified to be under DACA. This ensured that she would be able to have a good job where she could balance her work hours with her school hours. “For the first time in my life, I felt consistency,” Zarumeño pronounces. Now with the President being uncertain for the future of DACA, Diana is worried about what her own future holds.
Michael H. Schill worries about the minors who are in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Before October 8th, Congress was supposedly going to find a solution to the end of the DACA program. Now Congress is saying that they will only allow DACA to strive if the U.S. provides a border wall. Schill wants people to know that leaving the country is last thing that these young adults should have on their minds, for they are the same as anyone else in this country their age. "They are scared. They are uncertain. They feel betrayed." exclaims Shill. Shill believes that Congress needs to act fast for the future of DACA students, so that they can focus on their studies. Shill is the president of the University of Oregon and many of his students are under DACA. Being a grandson of four immigrants influences Shills beliefs. He wants the best for good immigrants, as they have contributed to our nation and live the ‘American Dream’.
Downtown Los Angeles held a peaceful protest of DACA recipients and protesters on Tuesday, September 5th. These protestors expressed their feelings on the president's recent decision to end the DACA program with signs and chants. DACA protects ‘dreamers’, who are illegal immigrants, to be able to get an education. The signs contained phrases such as 'Defend DACA', to express the frustration about the possible ending of the program. The chants were also pledges of DACA recipients to “Commit to fight for each other,” says a pledge leader recorded by Sonali Kohli. The Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, voiced his opinion about the ending of the program in 2018 at the protest. “These Dreamers are the hardest working children of America, that I know. [They are] In our army. In our schools.” says Mayor Garcetti.
United We Dream is a foundation that fights for the right to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program alive. Their tagline is “We Are Here To Stay”. "We" are the Dreamers who are under DACA, and will have to be deported if it does not strive. You can help defend DACA by signing a petition in for your area in the U.S. to stop the ending of the program. North Carolina currently has 329 of 400 signatures. “If enough of us take action to put pressure on Members of Congress and Attorneys General, we can send a strong message of support for DACA and can stop the attacks on the program,” states the United We Dream foundation.