During June of 2012, Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, was initiated as an immigration service.
It was created by Homeland Security to help individuals who were brought to the United States as children. This group is commonly referred to as “Dreamers.”
This program helps them to postpone legal immigration for two years, allows them to avoid deportation and gives them eligibility to work.
They are allowed to renew every two years after it has expired.
Even though Congress attempted to reject this program due to the lack of current laws for immigration, President Obama chose to let DACA continue.
The program has been continuously questioned since it has taken place.
To receive DACA support, an undocumented immigrant must meet a certain list of criteria.
They had to have been brought to the United States as a child before their 16th birthday.
They must be younger than 31. They must have earned a high school diploma or the equivalent certificate (GED).
Also, if they were discharged as a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard or the Armed Forces of the United States, they were eligible to receive DACA support.
If they had only two misdemeanors they were eligible as well.
But, if they had been convicted of felony and a misdemeanor, they were considered ineligible.
We all know that President Trump decided not to repeal DACA.
If he had, however, it would have affected hundreds of thousands of people, both children and adults.
That means people who have relied on the system for almost five years.
They would be sent back to their home country. They would lose their current home, job and friends.
As of 2017, there have been almost 800,000 individuals enrolled in the program.
The Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals is a service that was created without government approval and did not retain any references to laws.
I believe that DACA would have been a thriving and successful program if the Department of Homeland Security had taken better steps in pursuing it.
Unfortunately, they didn’t. That’s why I believe DACA should be repealed.
With DACA, immigrants can avoid having to become an actual citizen of the United States by continuously renewing their policy every two years.
They can avoid deportation, and they have the ability to work.
When they have this, there will be never be any rush to become a legal immigrant.
While this program helps so many, it has way too many loopholes.
It is also completely bending the rules and the laws that the United States stands for.
If the United States can bend the rules for the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals, then it will set the precedent for more situations like this in the future.
Why have laws if you are just going to go against them?