Mass deportations loom as Trump axes DACA
Should Trump have axed DACA? Legislation designed to protect undocumented young immigrants is scrapped. Thousands of people could be deported if congress does not agree a solution.
Veronica Gomez was three when her parents brought her to the USA. She did well in school and has ambitions to join the marines. However, with Donald Trump's scrapping of DACA, Veronica’s life has been thrown into disarray.
DACA was a law which allowed people brought illegally to America as children to apply for temporary permits to live, work, and study. Now those young people could be deported.
There are 787,580 people, known as “Dreamers”, currently protected by DACA. The average age of these individuals when they arrived in America was 6½, meaning that most are educated in and fit into American society.
But all those in the programme are now set to lose their protected status by March 2020. Also, any no one else will be allowed to apply for a permit.
The only way that “Dreamers” will be able to remain in the USA is if a new law is passed allowing them to stay.
Many politicians urged Trump not to axe the law. A leading Republican, Paul Ryan, pointed out: “These are kids that know no other country,” and Democrat Bernie Sanders called the move “one of the ugliest and cruellest decisions ever made by a president in our modern history”.
President Trump has expressed sympathy for those protected by DACA, saying: “We love the Dreamers.” But Trump’s announcement of the change, in reality, suggests little compassion.
“DACA is unconstitutional and I support the ending of it,” argues Trump adviser Mark Burns, and many Trump supporters agree. These people entered the USA illegally and must be dealt with accordingly. It is good that Trump kept his promise.
“Ending DACA is harmful and unjust,” states journalist Ilya Somin. These youngsters have grown up as Americans and make positive and lasting impacts on society. They are not criminals.
- Should Trump have axed DACA?
- Write a letter to Donald Trump explaining why you support or disagree with his decision. Make sure you give several good reasons to back up your opinion.
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“Remember, remember always that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants.”Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Q & A
- What do we know?
- Donald Trump has followed through on his campaign promise to terminate the DACA programme established by Barack Obama. All those currently within the programme will lose their status by March 2020 and no new applicants will be accepted.
- What do we not know?
- If any individual previously protected by the DACA programme will ultimately be deported as a result of the order. It is now down to Congress to determine legislation that confirms the status of these individuals.
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
- Named after the DREAM act, or Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act. The government has tried to pass the bill since 2001 but has failed to do so on multiple occasions.
- The survey questioned 3,063 DACA recipients. It was conducted in August 2017 by Tom Wong of UC San Diego .
- Bernie Sanders
- Congressman representing Vermont. A candidate during the 2016 presidential election, he lost the Democratic primary to Hilary Clinton.