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The Bug: DACA recipients deserve a chance

November 2, 2017

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Photo: People march in Los Angeles for immigrant rights earlier this year. Creative Commons license.

There have been multiple debates and discussions about whether to remove The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) all over the United States. DACA is an immigration policy created by then-President Barack Obama in 2012. This allows undocumented minors with no criminal background that were brought here illegally as infants the opportunity to live, study, and work in America.

The Trump Administration ended DACA on Sept. 5, giving Congress the option  to enact legislation to formalize the program.

I believe it would be constitutional for Congress to pass a law that allows these young immigrants the chance to remain in the U.S. It gives them the opportunity to live the American Dream, helps America grow in various ways, and it is unfair to those who have experienced living under the privileges that DACA entitles them to.

The U.S will soon backtrack and become a country that is discriminatory and isolated towards others.”

— Justyne Bernal

Foreigners have the right to live the American Dream just as much as a U.S citizen does. These adults bring children to the U.S under the impression that they will be able to have a lifestyle they truly deserve. The “Dreamers” only want to succeed in a country where they have the freedom and opportunities that they do not receive in their birth place.

DACA recipients take advantage of the benefits that this policy gives them, allowing them to live the American Dream. The removal of this policy would mean all these children feeling discriminated against, hopeless, and fearful for their future. The country that these children thought was the land of opportunity and diversity will become the land that does not want to accept them.

The U.S will soon backtrack and become a country that is discriminatory and isolated towards others. These are not beliefs and values that the U.S has the reputation for.

The “Dreamers” only want to succeed in a country where they have the freedom and opportunities that they do not receive in their birth place.”

— Justyne Bernal

I feel the Trump administration somehow seems threatened by these young immigrants, as they are doing our country no harm. These DACA recipients are assets to America’s growth economically and socially. They are eligible to remain in the U. S with certain rules and requirements such as attending school, getting a work permit, and paying taxes.

These immigrants have grown up to become doctors, lawyers, a voice for their communities. In addition, some of these Dreamers are enlisted in the military and tend to be more patriotic than citizens that were born in America. In my perspective, these recipients appreciate and value the opportunities received by DACA more than a U.S citizen does. These children were brought here for the benefit of their future and the society around them.

The biggest reason they should not remove this policy is because it would be cruel and unfair for all these children who have lived in the U.S because of the DACA program. For majority of these immigrants, the American lifestyle is the only way of living that they know of. It would be wrong to send these immigrants back to a country where they know nothing of. They have grown up in the U.S and this is the only place where they truly feel at home.

To add, these immigrants have been in this country their entire lives alongside family members. Tearing these families apart for no valid reason would simply be traumatic for these children to experience.

DACA was created in order to improve the lives of these children, not to leave them with the memory of being mistreated in the U.S. It is unfair to give hope to people who need it the most and just take it away when they least expect it. An immigrant should not be blindsided by the government when they are only trying to make a living out of themselves.

For majority of these immigrants, the American lifestyle is the only way of living that they know of.”

— Justyne Bernal

The U.S should not remove this immigration policy because it would be inhumane for these people to have this type of experience in a place where they should feel at peace.

The Trump administration put this in Congress’s hands, hoping Congress does what is best for all people — including DACA recipients. Will Congress decide to put the future these immigrants down the drain or will they continue to support this policy?

2 Comments

2 Responses to “The Bug: DACA recipients deserve a chance”

  1. Adriana Rodriguez on November 3rd, 2017 6:12 pm

    Great article Justyne and just like you, I am hopeful that the congress can do the human thing and let dreamers stay in a country that have seen them grow. Like always looking forward to reading your next article.

  2. Jesus Hernandez on November 7th, 2017 8:47 am

    While I do understand that side of the argument, there’s many sides to this issue. To many Americans this executive order passed by former President Obama is somewhat unconstitutional. Yes, these children may have broken the law and arrived here at earlier ages but there’s still a law about it. I myself am a DACA recipient and while my life is in limbo right now, I have to understand other sides to the argument. If congress fixes this, then great; If not, then theres nothing else to do but go home. Great article by the way!

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