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DACA Being Threatened by President Trump

Nicole Barlik

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Donald Trump has yet again stirred up trouble with America. Recently, Donald Trump announced that he is going to be revoking the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA, was created in 2012 by former President Barack Obama. This program was created for children who were brought to America illegally, to stay in the country and can live and work legally in the U.S. These DACA recipients (also known as Dreamers) must have arrived before 2007 and cannot have a serious criminal record.

The DACA recipients now have been under the program for five years, and they are treated like any other citizen in the U.S.; having the opportunity to have a job, pay taxes, etc. In order for Dreamers stay in America, they would have to get a two-year renewal application. So, what is wrong with our Dreamers? They work hard and cooperate in the American society just like any other born citizen.

On September 5, Trump stated, “I’m here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded.”

Trump continued to make the announcement declaring that the DACA program is unconstitutional and criticizing the program. However, how is the program unconstitutional? During the late 1890s and early 1900s, immigrants all over the world were granted access to America to get a better life opportunity, was it unconstitutional then as well?

Trump’s announcement on the revocation of the DACA program is a huge issue. When the DACA first became in action in 2012, about 800,000 Dreamers joined the program and another 200,000 more recipients joined before Trump was inaugurated into office. Therefore, having Trump getting rid of this program will make about one million immigrant children have to leave.

This can be a struggle for many DACA recipients because these people came to America as children, meaning they might not remember their home country when they were born or they might not know the language of the country or know the government, etc. Which puts these Dreamers in a tough position because they have mainly been introduced to America’s way of government, language, education, laws, etc.

Trump’s announcement has made the society angry and has scared the DACA recipients. Social media is playing a large part in this heated argument. Twitter has played a large part with the DACA announcement making the hashtag #DACA to help spread the word and making the program stay and going.

Twitter also has helped announce that the DACA recipients still have time to receive a new two-year renewal before the deadline of October 5. Lawyers and offices have reached out on twitter with the hashtag stating that their office is doing free two-year renewals to help the DACA recipients stay.

“I think it’s rude that he is taking it away because it’s not their fault they came here. Their parents brought them here to have a better life.” Stated, senior, Karla Guzman.

It’s no surprise Donald Trump has pulled an unsettling announcement like this, as if there was no hurricane crisis awaiting the poor victims of Hurricane Harvey and upcoming Hurricane Irma.

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