Opinion

A Nightmare for the Dreamers

NIKHIL AGGARWAL

STAFF WRITER

In the 21st century, immigration is one of the most controversial topics in the world and even more so in America, a country full of immigrants.

In the U.S. alone, there have been around 11 million undocumented immigrants since 2009, according to the Pew research center. That’s around 3.4 percent of the total U.S. population. Of those 11 million residents, 8 million are illegally working in America as a part of the U.S. civilian workforce.

Before 2011, if you had illegally immigrated to America, you could easily get deported if you were caught. In June of 2012, steps were taken to combat this. The Obama administration implemented an immigration policy known as DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Youth who are under 16 years old, in school, clear of criminal records and who had immigrated to the U.S. prior to June 2012 could apply for DACA – a permit that protects them from deportation and allows them to work legally. 800,000 of the 1 million unauthorized children known as “Dreamers” applied for this protection. These were children who were brought here by their parents and have done no wrong, so what makes them different from an immigrant applying legally?

However, in Sept. 2017, Trump’s campaign announced the rescinding of the DACA program that was only implemented five years prior.

Is Donald Trump making the right move by ending DACA? By removing the policy, hundreds of thousands of these young immigrants will be prone to deportation and won’t be able to work legally after their permits expire. All these young people have been educated in the U.S. and if they are vulnerable to deportation after a certain date, we will lose a large portion of skilled workers eager to jump into the workforce. This also means that during Trump’s administration, renewal of old permits and licensing of new permits will not be allowed. This is stopping immigrants who cannot afford the citizenship process from having the chance to be part of a diverse educated system of people in America.

Terminating DACA is not a good decision for our country. Having a diverse population has lent to the U.S. becoming a global superpower. DACA is supporting hundreds of thousands of “dreams” by giving the immigrants a better life than what they had. Many immigrants left their home country because their ideas were contrary to that of the rest of the country and they did not want to be restricted by their environment. Revoking this policy will mean 800,000 people instantly become unemployed, unable to attend college, or even sustain their family. Revoking DACA equals revoking their freedom.

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