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A Nation of Immigrants

Written by Gabriella Valdez

           On the 5th of September, President Trump sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions to announce the decision to rescind the DACA program. This policy was written by the Obama administration in 2012 and gives undocumented young people who were brought to our country illegally, the authorization to work and go to school legally for a 2-year span. Qualifications for the program are as follows: applicants must have been under the age of 31 in June 2012, enrolled in school or have graduated from school, and had no criminal record.

            President Obama, who administered this unconstitutional program, was wrong for making a promise he could not uphold. With Trump in office, not only is this promise broken but so are the dreams of those affected. A permanent solution needs to be found immediately to replace the DACA program in a constitutional way.

            An estimated 800,000 undocumented people will be at risk of being deported as early as March 2018. These people have grown up with us. They are our neighbors, classmates, friends, and family. They are a group of talented, driven, and inspiring individuals. Trump has threatened to deport these functioning members of society in an act to tighten the United States border. And in Sessions words "increase the well-being" of Americans. I believe in hard work. No matter what country you are from, America is supposed to be about success from hard work.

            Trump didn't even have the respect Americans deserve to announce this decision, he coward behind twitter and tries to soften the blow by stating "Congress has 6 months to legalize DACA (Something the Obama Administration could never do). If they can't, I will revisit the issue!" The President of our country is addressing this extremely sensitive topic by utilizing social media as a platform, while those directly affected wait in a sense of limbo knowing that once their term with DACA expires they will no longer have a legal right to work in America. This means they will potentially lose their job and be sent back to a country that is completely unfamiliar.

            As of Monday the 18th, six DREAMer's have filed lawsuits alleging that the administration did not follow proper administrative procedures when deciding to end the DACA program. There have also been a total of fifteen states that have filed against the administration. Clearly, Congress needs to take action and come up with a permanent solution.

            The DREAMer’s did not have a choice in which most were brought to America by parents at the average age of 6. They deserve a chance to build their own versions of the American Dream. They took an opportunity to contribute to society legally and have worked hard to get where they are. We need to stand behind them in this fight for their freedom and the chance to build their lives in a country they feel safe.

 

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