DACA program should not be removed


On June 2012, Former President Barack Obama created a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA has been all over the news but not in a good way. 

People have been suing President Trump, dreamers are worried and this has affected people especially schools as well as me. 

DACA was an executive order given by former President, Barack Obama. This allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the United States under the age of sixteen to apply for protection from deportation. 

After going through a background check they were able to obtain a renewable two-year permit so that they could work and study in the United States.

Because of DACA young undocumented immigrants are able to make their life better. My parents are immigrants and immigrated to the US from Mexico over twenty-five years ago, they have always labored in agriculture, construction, and factory work. 

They have worked hard to provide the education and opportunities they never had growing up for my three sisters and I. 

Many immigrants struggle due to hard work and low-paying jobs, it is hard to adapt to a new environment, culture and language. In the United States immigrants are viewed as criminals and as job thieves.

Illegal immigration has always been a problem in this society that our government has been regulating with laws.

Unfortunately, too many uninformed people are skewing the discussions about this because of the overuse of social media. Trump wants DACA to be removed and people to be deported. 

The program should not be removed, children should be allowed to renew, stay and achieve in life. DACA provides a lot of open doors such as working and education.

I am proud to be a Mexican Latina and I will represent my culture. I am reaching and achieving my goals for a better future in the United States. People that are here illegally do not have the same opportunities that I am afforded.

I always hear dialogue that says, “illegals are taking our jobs,” but my parents came to the US to have better paying jobs, a better life and so they would no longer struggle monetarily. 

The jobs immigrants find are normally temporary, but if they are lucky it can be more long-term. If there is a long period of bad weather there will be less work and many will be laid off. 

The jobs that immigrants receive pay extremely low, but they pay more than what they were earning in their home country.   

“The number of Mexicans has continued to decline, and they now represent less than a third of the estimated 350,000 migrants who enter the country illegally each year,” according to the CQ Researcher. 

The research shows the number of migrants has declined, although people assume that the number is rising. 

If the number of migrants continues to decline more jobs will be available, but the problem is no one wants those jobs. Most immigrants work in agriculture or in other forms of hard labor. 

My father was not able to work because of a work injury, both of my parents still received money but it wasn’t enough to cover all of our expenses. 

While attending high school I was working, in exchange for some money I received restless nights. My parents afforded me the opportunity to attend college, because of financial issues, not many immigrants have the same opportunity.

“The Trump administration on Tuesday announced it is rescinding an Obama-era program that is shielding nearly 800,000 young immigrants from deportation nationwide, giving congress six months to tackle the thorny issue through legislation,” according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

This is truly pathetic; no one should be worried about being deported. As quoted from former President Barack Obama, “To target these young people is wrong because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.” 

This targeting is discrimination and its breeding more discrimination. 

Children were brought here to the US to have a better education, work and a future. Many parents risked their lives for their children, to have better opportunities than they ever could.

Schools around the country have been affected by the future removal of DACA. If DACA is removed many immigrant lives will be ruined. 

Immigrants should feel like America is their home, the US was created so that others could have a better life.  Many of these children and young adults were brought to the US by their family; the US is all they have ever known. If a young immigrant gets sent back, they know nothing about the country they are being sent to.  

DACA students are going off to college to succeed in life, at the same time they are fighting for their right to stay here., “A group of DACA recipients are now suing for the right to pay in-state tuition at Georgia universities. Now pending before the Georgia Court of Appeals, the case remains valid because the DACA program is not immediately going away said Charles Kuck, the immigration attorney,” according to Jeremy Redmon from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

It is not the fault of immigrants for the problems occurring; it is current Trump's fault for wanting to remove this program. Immigrant students should not worry about whether or not they will be able to continue studying. 

Colleges are even trying to aid DACA students, so that they are able to continue their studies. Cornell Chronicle University is one of many universities that are trying to help DACA students. 

“By providing the DACA Renewal Fee Emergency Fund, we hope our DACA-eligible students will be encouraged to continue their Cornell education. We want to help our students achieve their academic dreams,” Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Barbara Knuth said. Many students want to make a difference in their life and make a change. Students should have the chance to complete college, pursue a degree and apply to their dream job.

I am a Latina US citizen and still went through trouble while growing up, but in the end I know every effort I am making will pay off. I am proud to be a Mexican Latina and I will represent my culture. I am reaching and achieving my goals for a better future in the United States. People that are here illegally do not have the same opportunities that I am afforded. DACA students should not be let down, but instead should feel encouraged to pursue their dreams. DACA should not be removed or changed, young immigrant individuals should be given the opportunity to make a change in their life and should be protected. Dreamers are not at fault that because many were brought to the US because their parents wanted them to have a good life. Americans should listen to what immigrants and dreamers have to say before judging them.


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