Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) English
What do you do when you are an incompetent president with zero legislative wins? You try to implement bigoted policies to appease your base without thinking those policies through. This is what the Trump administration has done from the Muslim travel ban to the transgender ban in the military and now with DACA.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy was put in place by the Obama administration to protect young undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country as a minor, and therefore unable to give consent to their own illegal entry into the country. The program has many requirements to ensure that they are productive members of society. To be eligible, you had to have been under 16 years old when you entered the country. You must be currently studying, have a high school certificate, or have been honorably discharged from the military. You must not have been convicted of a felony or more than three misdemeanors. DACA does not provide a path to citizenship, but it allows for young people to come out of the shadows and join the workforce. This is a policy that affects 800,000 people who are currently enrolled and more than a million who are eligible.
The Trump administration has left many people uncertain of their future. In September, Trump rescinded DACA, giving Congress six months to find a solution. This was a devastating decision by the president and the wrong one. There is both a logical and a moral argument for DACA.
DACA recipients contribute a lot to our economy. 91% of DACA recipients have jobs and 12% have bought homes. Almost 80% have driver's licenses and 54% have purchased their first car. If that doesn't convince you of their economic impact, the Center for American Progress estimated that the U.S. would lose about $460 billion in GDP over the next 10 years without the DACA program. Some DACA recipients have small business that create jobs. Although they contribute a lot in taxes, they don’t get some of the benefits American citizens get, like food stamps.
A lot of opponents say that no matter what, these kids are illegal and they do not deserve any kind of amnesty or citizenship path (which is not offered under DACA). The recipients of DACA are American, they were raised by this country, have invested in this country, and they believe in this country. They do not know anything but this country. They are living proof of the American dream and there is not a lot of things more patriotic than that. It would be distasteful for the country they knew their whole lives to betray them.