Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will put young immigrants in a tough spot in the coming months. The Trump administration officially announced its plan to end the DACA program in March 2018.
The program, signed into law by an executive order by former President Barack Obama in 2012, provides a level of amnesty to certain illegal immigrants, many of whom came to the U.S. as children.
These certain illegal immigrants, called "dreamers" gain a working permit and protection from deportation. The original program expired after two years, subject to renewal.
Even with a sixth month delay until March, the end of DACA is creating chaos for almost 100,000 young immigrants. Dreamers count on this program not only for protection, but also to be able to create a better life for their families.
Dreamers should have the opportunity to have protection from deportation and make a living through this program.
The restrictions that have been put on young immigrants are already very strict, but with this new decision to get rid of the program that helps the young Dreamers, creates a whole new problem. With Trump in office, some view the republican party as hostile and bitter toward young immigrants. If Trump stays on this path, the Republican party may be stained forever.
The United States is full of immigrants. America was founded by immigrants. Europeans were the first immigrants that came to America to start a new life. Europeans had the same wants and needs as the young Dreamers today.
People have distorted views of immigrants coming to the United States. Some believe that immigrants are taking jobs from United States citizens. Some believe immigrants need only come legally, and will be accepted into society.
Others see immigrants as dangerous and suspicious. Indigenous people had no problem with the European immigrants coming to their lands until the Europeans decided to kill them off because they didn't think the same way as them.
Immigrants are the main reason why the United States is so diverse and unique. Getting rid of DACA would mean the United States would get rid of the diversity and uniqueness that it is known for.
The solution for protecting young immigrants from deportation is now in the hands of Congress, who has only a few months to pass immigration reform legislation. The current system may be flawed, and a solution is needed, but the solution is not ending a system that helps people become contributing citizens.