President Barack Obama knew what he was doing five years ago when he used his executive order powers to offer young immigrants with no documents a home in the United States. Obama knew these young people would be future taxpayers. He knew they would apply for jobs that other people didn’t want. President Obama was trying to give these young people a fresh start in a country that has a history of helping documented as well as undocumented immigrants thrive in the economic structure of the United States. Since the start of the DACA, more than 800,000 young folks have taken advantage of the program. They are the “Dreamers” in the stressful and often cruel world of immigrants. In many states, these Dreamers can get driver’s licenses, go to college using in-state tuition programs, and work without the fear of a government official knocking at their door and sending them back to their native country.
But thanks to Donald Trump, the DACA program is going away in March 2018. Trump was careful when he was on the campaign trail. He said he understood the importance of the program, and he was in love with the people in the program. But after nine months in office that love is over. According to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will no longer process new applications for the program. There are more than 100,000 requests pending, and more than 70,000 renewals on the Homeland Security table. But according to Sessions, the people in the program can stay until it expires. And once the program expires, all Dreamers will lose their protection on March 6, 2018.
The only lifeline for the Dreamers and their families is in the hands of Congress. The Dream Act can grant residency, and a way to become a citizen if Congress passes that legislation before the March 2018 deadline. Most Americans support the Dreamers, and most of the Democrats and Republicans in Congress support the Dream Act. But Trump and his group of Republican followers will fight it. And that’s not what Americans want him to do, according to the New York Times.
The decision to end DACA is bad news for the United States. The family unit is the foundation of American freedom. Breaking up families is one sure way to create more mistrust, deceit, and anarchy in the United States.