Today marks the official end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which has protected nearly 800,000 immigrants who arrived in this country as children. The program was started in 2012 during the Obama administration and allowed undocumented children to study and work legally in the U.S. without fear of deportation.
This acronym DACA has been thrown around for months as people worried about its fate with the anti-immigration stance of the Trump administration. Vox has put together a great video that briefly explains exactly how DACA works and the kind of people it helps. Those young people protected by DACA now have six months before they could potentially be deported.
“[Today] marks the beginning of six months of existential anxiety, as hundreds of thousands of immigrants struggle to go on with their lives without knowing whether they’ll be accepted as inhabitants of the United States by April.” ~ Dara Lind, Vox
The injustice here lies in the fact that these children were brought to this country illegally but without a choice. For some, the U.S. is the only country they’ve ever really known. To deport them and force them to live in a country they barely remember is extremely un-American. This country was built on the hard work of immigrants and still thrives today because of immigrants.
The only hope in this matter is that Congress has six months to try and pass the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for those currently protected by DACA. Groups like the ACLU are demanding Congress get to work on passing the Dream Act for immigration reform through petitions and advocacy work. It’s time to tell Congress that immigrants are #Heretostay.
— Eduardo Solis (@EndBullyinNow) September 5, 2017