About DACA, Its Removal and What it Means for Young Dreamers

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About DACA, Its Removal and What it Means for Young Dreamers

Andrew Soto, Freelance Contibuter

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Back in September of 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescindment of the Obama era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA. Session claimed the act “unconstitutional,” therefore putting an end to the program that protected nearly 800,000 of our youth. DACA has served as a form of “relief” for many, including those in our very community. It has shielded them from deportation and has given them the opportunity to receive work authorization through social security.

Over the past months, the President has put pressure on Congress to reach a bipartisan approach to the situation. Now it is February of 2018, just one month away from the March deadline, and the conflict between Democrats and Republicans has led to the inability to work together. Congress is more divided than ever.

“Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats…totally abandoned! Republicans are still working hard,” Trump wrote in a tweet.

In response to Trump’s tweet, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said “give me a break.”
“You killed DACA and have now rejected six bipartisan deals to protect Dreamers,” Durbin, who has continuously advocated for DACA, wrote in another tweet. “I’ve been fighting for Dreamers for 17 years and will never abandon them. We could pass the Dream Act today if you simply called on the Republicans who control Congress to support it.”

But, is there still hope for DACA?

With only weeks left to come to a consensus, our youth have anxiously been waiting a solution. Dreamers around the nation, including here in San Pedro, seek change and action from their representatives.

Speaking under conditions of anonymity, one SPHS student said, “I came to this country when I was two years old, I am American and I don’t need a piece of paper to tell me who I am. I am tired of being politicalized, I am a human and want change. My life is here, my dreams are here, and the end of Daca means the end of the life I know.”

Unfortunately for young dreamers, the Senate failed to pass four immigration bills that were presented for a vote last Thursday afternoon. From the most liberal to the most conservative, political party division and strict border wall demands from President Trump are holding back a resolution.

Now Politicians must face dreamers without a plan once again.

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