Dealing with DACA

There are something like 12 million undocumented immigrants in the US. Some of these people intentionally broke our naturalization laws, but some of them were children when they were brought here. These so called “Dreamers” only know what it is to live in the US. Now that they are grown up should there be a way for them to easily become full citizens? Congress tried over a decade ago to pass a law that many call the Dreamers Act but failed to agree on it. President Obama used an executive order created the program known as DACA that would allow those who would come forward and identify themselves to get drivers licenses, become eligible for scholarships, loans, and other services. Some states’ attorneys general sued the federal government over the program. President Trump has announced that the program will be stopped six months from now. This will take the benefits away from the 800,000 people who signed up for DACA and make them vulnerable to deportation. Trump says he is ending DACA because Obama did not have the authority to create it and that the six months will give the Congress proper time to pass legislation. Now states are suing the federal government about ending the program. Dreamers are confused and worried. Colleges, business people, and many groups of citizens have spoken out on this issue. Check out the following resources and write a summary of what you think the US should do about this situation. Do we need a whole new system of naturalization? Is it time for comprehensive immigration reform? What might that look like?

Explanation of DACA

Background of DACA

Announcement about DACA

Stories about DACA

Plans for DACA

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7 Responses to Dealing with DACA

  1. Kaylee Smith says:

    I believe there is real issue with illegal immigration, but for the kids who come along, it’s not their fault. They shouldn’t be persecuted in my opinion for decisions their family made. I think it’s necessary to keep DACA; but there is an adjustment to it that I would make. “Explination of DACA” reads, “The program didn’t give them a path to become US citizens or even legal permanent residents — something immigrant rights advocates have criticized, saying it left people in limbo.” I think there should be additional help or resources so these people can finally become legal citizens. To make them go back to a land they don’t or barley know to me is excessive.

  2. Bella DeMarco says:

    Although I agree that there is a huge illegal immigrant problem in the United States today, the children had nothing to do with the decision making of coming here illegally. The children were practically forced to come here with their parents. DACA protects the children from being sent to countries that they have never known. All they know is the ways of the United States so what right do we have to take that from them? This is their home, where they grew up and prospered. A lot of DACA members are currently business owners, police men, people in government, etc. The United States makes it so difficult for people who weren’t born here that it is practically impossible to become a citizen. These DACA children have acted as citizens their whole life, and should not have to go through the gruesome process of legally becoming a citizen especially because they should be a legal citizen anyway.

  3. Arianna Pearson says:

    I do agree that there is a problem of illegal immigration in our country. However, I feel that as children the undocumented immigrants didn’t know what was happening at such a young age. They only knew and trusted what their parents told them. I believe that the abolition of DACA should not apply to those undocumented immigrants who came forward and tried to gain citizenship because they were working towards doing the right thing. On the other hand I understand why people would be against DACA because it was created unlawfully however, something needed to be done. I feel that deportation of the brave immigrants who came forward to try to do the right thing is wrong and that they should be exempt from the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

  4. Jaismine Kaur says:

    The problem of illegal immigration is big in our country but I do not think it should apply to those who came over with their parents and have grown up here. Yes, they are illegal but it wasn´t their fault that they came here illegally. Imagine if you were a child and you came to the United States and grew up here. America is your home and being sent back the country you were born in is just very unnecessary. DACA should be kept to protect the those people. I do think that it needs to be revised a little however, they should find a safe and efficient way to make these people citzens without going through the painfully long process. Why put them through that when they basically already are citzens?

  5. Nick O says:

    No matter what your views are on DACA, Obama still wrote this “law” unconstitutionally, so it has no place in our government. While I don’t believe in any type of amnesty, especially one that can be renewed an indefinite amount of times, I do believe Trump did the right thing in giving congress a chance to fix and pass the law so it is done the way it is supposed to.
    I don’t care if a ‘Dreamer’ has made something of themselves or not, they are still an illegal alien (on the basis that this law is unconstitutional, so a green card granted would also be invalid). That means they should be deported until they can come to this country the right way, either by a real green card or through naturalization– no exceptions, the law is the law.
    The argument that they didn’t know the law or had no choice is not an argument. In the legal system, ignorance of the law is no defense. They are still not legal in citizenship terms no matter what you feel like believing. Of course, if a kid came illegally with his/her parents at a very young age, they would have had no idea what they were doing, so there should be no more ‘punishment’ for them past a deportation.

    “No one Is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.” (16 Am Jur 2d, Sec 177 late 2d, Sec 256)

    • Soumaya Azeroual says:

      DACA should be kept to protect dreamers from being deported to a completely foreign country that they have no relation to. Dreamers really cause no burden on us as they do not receive federal grants, such as Pell Grants. They receive no special benefits, and pay billions in taxes. This is in fact helping the US economy, rather than hurting it. So removing this program would not be logical in a political, and humanitarian sense.

  6. Ava Gravino says:

    The Dreamers/children of the immigrants should not be punished in any way for what their parents did. Ending the DACA is unjust and will only do more harm than good. Many of the Dreamers know no other country than America. Dreamers could be even more loyal and appreciate our country for this act. Also, the DACA does not change any laws or circumstances without congressional approval.

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