America was built on the backs of immigrants, literally. And we are not just referring to the slave trade.
Every corner of this country, except for the Native Americans, has its roots linked to immigrants because an immigrant travelled to this country and built a life almost everywhere in this country.
We have fought with the French, English and Spanish to have the freedom to live and to express ourselves. And yes, this has come from a great sacrifice made with blood, sweat and tears of immigrants.
Every year, since the earliest days, millions of immigrants travel to the great United States. The Irish, French, Dutch, Latinos, Norwegians, Greeks, Italians, Africans, Asians and Caribbean people all flock to this great country. They work hard, invest and pay taxes.
America is great, has been great and will continue to be great because of its diversity.
So why is the President, Donald J. Trump, trying to distance himself from this American heritage?
Why is he attacking the DACA program?
The War on Immigrants and the DACA Program
The DREAMers are constantly threatened by the President.
Imagine living your life in a state of unknown, dealing with anxiety. You don’t know when the government will come for you, scoop you up off the streets and deport you back to a country that you either have never known or have no memory of.
We know the President will do it because, in 2017, that was his first official act of banning immigrants from several “terrorists” countries and deporting immigrants with an undocumented status or who have no green cards.
It was a traumatic time for many.
Families were torn apart, and many professionals were out of a job and barred at the airports.
It was total chaos.
What is the DACA Program?
Trump admitted to being dead set to undo almost every Obama-era policy, and he is pushing to full steam ahead.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) program is just one of those policies. It protects the children of undocumented immigrants. But in September 2017, the White House announced the discontinuation of this program. Since then, the courts and Congress have been trying to protect the policy.
Americans are flabbergasted and upset because Trump threatened the innocent and helpless. He threatened the children of minorities. They did not choose to come to America. That decision was made for them.
Many of whom cannot return or their lives will be in jeopardy.
Over 800,000 undocumented immigrants are in the DACA Program. All of them entered the US before their 16th birthday. The Program allows them to seek protection every two years.
Many of the enrollees attend college, graduate, seek work permits and even get to join the Army.
This program started in 2012, which means some members are in their third term.
Why is the DACA Program in Peril?
The Executive branch created the program and as such, it can be pulled without Congress having an input.
This was constantly an area of anxiety for those protected by the Program, especially since the government had their personal information and could find them anywhere in the country. They knew that if a future president did not subscribe to the idea, he could easily revoke the changes made by Obama’s administration.
And that is exactly what the trump administration is adamant on doing.
It is important to note that the DACA program is not only in jeopardy from the President, but on this matter, the Republican Party backs him. This means that the program will likely continue to be in jeopardy if a sitting President is Republican.
This is why it is important for Congress to step up and issue a far-reaching amnesty for those under the DACA program.
Regardless of the dozens of signed petitions sent in to President Donald Trump, from civic leaders, faith leaders, police chiefs, sheriffs, lawyers, attorney generals, 2000 governors, business leaders, children, families and celebrities, Trump does not care.
This along with a stream of other issues and incidents has probably made him the most hated president in American history.
His favorability ratings are extremely low and Trump continues to mess up bigtime.
The Fight Continues for the DACA Program
Time is running out on the DACA program.
The administration allowed persons whose permits expire in March 2018, to seek a final renewal. However, under the Trump administration there will be no more permits issued after that.
Unfortunately, these permits were issued at different times and the final last date is in March 2020.
According to the Trump, “In effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.” He believes it is all in favor of a greater America and that he will provide for a smooth winding down of the program.
“We will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion, but through the lawful democratic process, while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve.”
According to Trump, removal of the DACA Program is one way in guaranteeing more jobs for legal Americans.
Those under the DACA program come from a list of countries, including the Philippines, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, South Korea, Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Regardless of the Trump Administration’s stipulations, the fight for the Program continues.