by Onab Falak
DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, was initiated by former President Barack Obama in 2012, which offered young immigrants the chance to apply for temporary protection from deportation. This program does not give citizenship or grant any legal status to immigrants. However, it allows them to legally work in the U.S. and obtain a driver’s license in some states.
Many immigration advocates have pleaded to keep the program in place, contrary to the plans of President Donald Trump. They argue that those who are DACA recipients, “dreamers,” did not even realize they were in the country illegally because they came at such young ages. Dreamers are also required to meet certain criteria. For instance, they cannot have been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor.
A group of ten state attorney generals lead by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, set Tuesday as the deadline for the president. In a letter, Paxton wrote that if the administration doesn’t end DACA by Sept. 5, he will change the complaint in the case against the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), a lawsuit Texas fought and won to include DACA. This would put the administration in the position of defending the program.
The Trump administration has called the program an abuse of Obama’s presidential power. They have also complained about the possible loophole DACA recipients could exploit to be placed on the path of citizenship.
Repealing DACA could have major negative effects on the US economy. According to a study by The Center for American Progress, (CAP), if DACA were to be repealed, approximately 700,000 workers would lose their jobs. The estimated loss of labor could cost $460.3 billion in economic output.
President Donald Trump is expected to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. During his campaign, he repeatedly promised to end DACA calling it “unconstitutional.” Trump wants to terminate the program and delay the decision for six months to give the Congress time to make the legislation less severe.
Many large entrepreneurs such as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s Tim Cook, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have petitioned against Trump to help preserve DACA. A group of 20 Democratic attorney generals from across the country have signed a letter protesting against Paxton and the other attorneys planning to fight against it.
“DACA is an integral program for many immigrants in the United States of America today and its removal, especially without some kind of alternative, would be catastrophic,” said sophomore Laeticia Allache.
Sophomore Ruth Dejene said, “taking away the right to stay in the country that you grew up in is absolute cruelty.”
Freshman Amen Dahab says “DACA is overall a very good thing. It lets immigrant children have a job and live a successful life. It’s terrible for Trump to be repealing such a vital program for immigrants. He is taking everything away from them.”