Immigration Making Headlines
Immigration has been making headlines around the United States more frequently these days than it did it in past. The main reason is because of a program that President Trump would like to see end. The program is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or as some people know the group to be called the Dreamers. I believe DACA should continue in the United States because this programs is set with rules that are to be followed by the members and because this program allows families to stay together and live the American dream. Robert F. Kennedy said it best when he stated, “Our attitude towards immigration reflects our faith in the American ideal. We have always believed it possible for men and women who start at the bottom to rise as far as the talent and energy allow. Neither race nor place of birth should affect their chances.”
To summarize what DACA is, Caitlin Dickerson explains that “The program was introduced in 2012 by President Barack Obama as a stopgap measure that would shield from deportation people who were brought into the United States as children. The status is renewable, lasting two years at a time. The program does not provide a pathway to citizenship”. DACA comes with rules that each member is required to follow before renewing their membership every two years. If members do not follow these rules then they will no longer be covered under the DACA program. In the DACA program you cannot be convicted of a felony, three or more misdemeanors, and some misdemeanors have automatic disqualification. One convicted of driving under the influence can have you withdrawn from the program. This program does not help with the citizenship process in the United States but the program does help their members get jobs, attend higher education, and receive state funding for school. DACA does not just allow everyone to enter into the program and because of the rules set, the immigrants that join follow these rules and receive benefits or are withdrawn from the program and face deportation. If immigrants are coming to America, following the rules, and living in the world of the free then who are we to kick them out?
The Undocumented Student Program at the University of California at Berkeley identifies the individuals who can apply for DACA must be under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012; first present in the United States before your 16th birthday; lived continuously in the United States from June 15, 2007 until present; and you must have entered without documentation or your lawful states expired in June of 2012. Many children come to the United States with their parents at a young age and sometimes fully unaware of being an undocumented citizen. Some immigrants have been here for decades and have children growing up as American citizens. These raids that have been conducted are taking hard working, law abiding citizens away from their children and deporting these individuals because they are undocumented. “The Trump administration is using what immigration activists call the “silent raids” to deport immigrants like those who show up to the check-ins” (Kennedy, 2017). Immigrants were still following the rules and showing up for check-ins and still getting deported. Families having their parents deported are then in fear of not being able to survive on their own in United States and then fear growing up in Child Protective Services. This is not the way any child should have to grow up. No child should have to live in fear of losing their parents to deportation.
Jorge Ramos said “The greatest nations are defined by how they treat their weakest inhabitants.” If immigrants are in the DACA program and following the guidelines and stipulations then they should be able to continue living and flourishing in the United States in hopes of gaining their citizenship. DACA rules are far stricter than the rules of citizens living in the United States. Families who are following the rules and who are law abiding citizens should not be broken up or taken away during these silent raids. People come here for a better life.