Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known, as DACA, is the program created by former president Barack Obama that protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. These children became known as DREAMers and were offered a temporary grant of protection from deportation and a permit to work legally in the United States. Even though it didn’t give them a path to citizenship it still let these young adults have the ability to have a life, to have opportunities. But this life may not last long if Congress does not find a solution to this problem by March 2018.
On Tuesday, Sept. 5, President Donald Trump gave a statement “justifying” his actions for ordering to end DACA. These dreamers who have worked hard to get here, whose doors were open to endless hopes and chances, to opportunities they didn’t have, are now being put down. These dreams may become exactly that: just a dream.
DACA had helped thousands of people feel as they belonged. It helped students get jobs, and go to college, it helped them BECOME SOMEONE in a society where it can be hard to have a voice if you aren’t native. America, a country made of dreamers, may end this era. Not only will the end of DACA ruin people’s lives, but will also cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars. Many who worked and pay taxes will have no job. Job losses will increase tremendously.
There are students in this school, who may not be able to go to college, work, or get the opportunity to become someone their parents wanted them to be. They will not get the better future they had hoped for.
We’re talking about the American Dream. The belief that anyone, regardless of where they were born, or whose child they are, can attain their own version of success in a society where upward mobility is possible for everyone. Is this dream coming to an end? For those dreamers out there, friends of dreamers, parents if you disagree with Trump’s plan on ending DACA you can Support Cosecha, a network of organizers supporting direct actions across the country to fight back against ending DACA, and join the petition of the League of United Latin American Citizens to tell Congress and the Trump administration to #DefendDACA.
Maybe one day no one will have to fight to be accepted, but for now keep your head high and hold on.