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Molly Adams

Molly Adams

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On September 5th 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s plan to suspend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program was established by the Obama Administration in June 2012, with its main purpose being to give undocumented children and teens an opportunity to live in the United States without fear of deportation. Under DACA, individuals who entered the country as minors, entering illegally or remaining in the country illegally, receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and are eligible for a work permit. Recipients are eligible for the program if they have no felonies or serious misdemeanors on their records and currently, there is no evidence that DACA-eligible individuals are more likely to commit crimes than any other person within the US.

This means that 99.99% of these illegal immigrants within the DACA program are completely clean of any criminal background. They work harder than the average US citizen in their jobs and, in contrast to Attorney General Jeff Session’s claim of how the program “…denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs…”, many economists actually believe they benefit and boost the economy. Currently, the job market is relatively healthy, and considering the fact that most recipients are still students, they are relatively well educated and have the potential to contribute in creating a more productive economy. These people are hard workers and deserve to be in America just as much as anyone else. Aside from the fact that they work ten times harder to make their own place in America, it is important to remember that they are humans too. They go to school, they work, they apply for scholarships, they buy cars, and they’re just like anyone else in America.

Trump’s deferred plan for DACA affects more than 800,000 immigrants who depend on it. With that being said, it would cost the US 460 million dollars to end DACA, putting us in an even BIGGER pile of debt. To disband this program, Trump is actually taking these people out of their homes and dumping them somewhere else. For a majority of the DREAMers, America is all they know so sending them back to their “home” is cruel and unfair. Not to mention, the impact it would have on the children and their families. How can I make a difference then?

There are still some simple steps you can do to take action and make a change:

  1. Attend an event.
  • Attending events and protesting peacefully show that we are together as one community. Your voice is powerful and there is strength in numbers. Check locally and join an event to make your voice heard.

 

2. Use social media to your advantage.

  • Take a few minutes to tweet and message different members of Congress. Flood them with your tweets and tell them that there must be no gaps in protection for immigrant youth.

3. Call your representatives – it matters!

  • If you don’t know who they are, click here to find out.
  • If you don’t know what to say, look up different scripts online of what you should say – they’re all over the internet.

 

4. Involve your school.

  • Organize events to bring awareness to the issue or just create a safe space for others.

Always remember that we are a united community in this and our voice matters. Be loud, be proud, and let our voices be heard. Take action now!

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One Response to “#DefendDACA”

  1. Andrea on September 23rd, 2017 11:22 pm

    I do not agree at all with what Trump is doing. These people just want a better life, and how can we expect to be a great country if we do not allow others to contribute and be a part of that?

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