Should DACA Stay Or Be Gone For Eternity?

Crystal Hernandez, Staff Writer

In 2012, Former President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation. DACA protects citizens from deportation under the age of 16. DACA does not set children on the path of citizenship, but it allows immigrants to have a legal work permit to secure a job, attend school and obtain a driver’s license. There has been a lot of controversy about whether DACA should remain or be terminated.

Immigrants are coming to the U.S to live a better life. Unlike the U.S, there are countries who are at war and take innocent children’s lives. I have family members who have a dream to find a job and get a better education because their country is poor and dangerous. Parents do not want their kids to live that way and DACA offers their children protection.

According to the Cato Institute, immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans of the same age. Immigrants know they have more to lose.  For immigrants, working is a privilege not a right.  They understand how one bad decision may cause them to lose their work permits. Immigrants are willing to do anything to continue living in America. It has been proven that DACA does not hand work permits to criminals.

A recent New York Times article stated that  “DACA recipients pay their own way, contribute to the economy, and don’t live off the government handouts.” It seems ironic that President Trump says in one breath in his Inaugural Address on January 20, 2017  that he “welcomes everyone,” but also demands we build a wall. If Americans truly believe in equality, they should support immigrants’ continued protections through DACA.