Trump on DACA

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Trump on DACA

Bethany Arnold, Editor

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Congress, the Trump administration, decided to pull the plug on DACA Tuesday, Sept. 5, possibly putting 800,000 children at risk of deportation. Although the act now has a six-month expiration, children across the US are in fear of losing their normal lives.

DACA, deferred action for childhood arrivals, is a program set in place by Obama that allows undocumented children to receive their driver’s license, go to college, and attain jobs.  These children are referred to as dreamers. The DREAM act, introduced in 2001, offered legal status to those who either attended school or joined the military, becoming inspiration the the term “dreamers”.

To become eligible as a dreamer, you must have moved to the US before age 16 and since June 15, 2007. This program allows them protection for deportation and allows them to legally live in the US for a span of two years.

Although Trump promised to end DACA immediately in the campaign, once in office, he pulled back, saying “We are going to deal with DACA with heart.” He believed that the DACA issue should be resolved, but also said “We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling, and forgotten Americans.”

Administration is attempting to get rid of DACA in the least disruptive way they can. The program will continue to act for current Dreamers for the next six months, but it will not be accepting any more children.

Campaigns have begun to fight back against this movement to end the program, trying to end the chaos and increase efforts to bring back the program.

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