DACA Program Under Siege

In the recent turn out of events, GOP, one of the extremist groups in the United States launched series of attacks towards DACA program; this news caught every young immigrant unaware and filled them with worries.

 

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program that was launched during Obama’s administration to help undocumented immigrant youths who meet specific entry requirements, a deportation reprieve and opportunity to access some social services such as social security number and an exclusive opportunity to work in the U.S.

 

The privileges offered through the program would be renewable after two years.

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton drafted a letter addressed to President Trump administration directing him to rescind the DACA program or face legal action. The letter went on to propose that the termination process of DACA be carried out in phases rather than ending it abruptly. Barring any further renewals and also sealing off any new application on the program.

 

The letter received substantive to back up from nine attorney generals and one governor.

 

During a closed-door meeting between the secretary of Homeland security John Kelly and Hispanic Caucus, Kelly indicated that over 800000 young immigrants are covered under the DACA program, and due to the legal cases challenging the legality of the program, these young people are in jeopardy.

Since its inauguration, DACA program is in its fifth stage now, and its benefits are far much than it was expected. Only if those challenging it could open their eyes to see. 95 percent of the DACA beneficiaries are working, studying or even doing both. These individuals are contributing millions of dollars to the US colleges and universities.

 

Those who are working have worked hard to improve their earnings and pay taxes.

 

DREAMERs are scared that they might be deported back to the countries they do not know. For this reason, they have protested this unfortunate turn of events to the relevant authorities, thanks to advocates who have decided to help them.

 

What is DACA?

 

DACA in full refers to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and was an administrative directive that relieved young immigrants from immediate deportation. The program granted that eligible protection from deportation and also a chance to get work permits and is renewable after two years.

 

The program was initiated by Obama on June 15, 2012, and the applicants must meet the following requirements;

 

  • Under 31 years of age as of June 15, 2012
  • Was in the United States before they were 16
  • Lived ever in the US since June 15, 2007
  • Was physically present in the US on June 15, 2012
  • Undocumented
  • Currently studying or graduated
  • Not convicted of any criminal activity.