By Julia Kirchner
President Donald Trump recently announced that DACA will be ending if congress doesn not take action to save the policy within six months.
Five years ago, Barack Obama worked on putting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into place. Many illegal immigrants in the United States arrived as children because their parents came into the country and brought them along. DACA permits take away the fear of being deported and gives young adults the right to work and pay taxes like legal citizens.
No new applications will be accepted. Anyone who currently has a permit can apply for a renewal that will last 2 years if the application is in by October 5th. DACA permits last two years, so current recipients will experience varying expiration dates. By March 5th, all permits will have expired.
Many bills have been proposed on the issue in order to assist illegal immigrants in becoming United States citizens. One proposal would allow the “dreamers” to stay as an immigrant for five years. If they work towards improving their lives as Americans, they may be able to apply for permanent residency and then citizenship.
Trump will support attempts to fix the program as long as his plan to “secure borders and protect the jobs of American citizens” is followed. The ending of DACA will affect 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States. Many of these individuals have never lived anywhere but the United States and have already begun to form their lives as Americans.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted, “This is a sad day for our country. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.”