The Trump administration’s recent decision to end DACA has caused much debate and dissatisfaction among immigration advocates. Democrats and Republicans agree this protection is necessary. Dreamers grew up in America and they should have the same rights as anyone else. The Trump administration is unwilling to provide the records used to shut down this program and now they are asking the Supreme Court to block the judge’s demand to release this important information. While it is true these records can shed some light on the subject, the Trump administration believes this information is confidential and should not be released. Apparently, the program created by Obama in 2012 is illegal and it was threatened to be shut down by conservative states back then.
What is DACA?
DACA was created by President Barack Obama in 2012 to allow illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children stay in the country temporarily and are authorized to work and study. Applicants can’t have any criminal history or pose a threat to national security. Also, they must attend school or complete military service during their time here. Qualifying dreamers can’t be deported for two years and they also have a chance to renew after their status expires.
Who are the Dreamers?
Immigrants protected under DACA are also known as “Dreamers.” They must be undocumented and younger than 31 before June 2012, when the program had started. Also, they must have arrived in the country before turning 16 and lived in the United States since 2007. The majority of the immigrants protected by DACA are from countries such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
Why are they called Dreamers?
When Congress failed to pass the Dream Act, the Obama administration felt that protecting these immigrants was the right thing to do. However, the Trump administration is obviously not happy with the program and they decided to terminate the dream back in September this year. President Trump had promised to work something out for dreamers. In his own words: “We don’t want to hurt those kids.” But the kids are hurt and they are going to be deported, even those with no criminal records. Conservatives argue that DACA is unconstitutional and illegal and the dreamers are taking American jobs and they are also a threat to our culture. This is obviously not true. Many economists agree illegal immigrants are actually contributing to our economy.
Both Democrat and Republican politicians support DACA as well as many immigration advocates and religious organizations. There are over 800,000 dreamers afraid of being deported. Most of them are currently living in California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Florida.
If you are a dreamer, it is crucial you hire a Salt Lake City immigration attorney and find out other legal paths to stay in the country. Call us today and schedule a confidential case assessment with immigration attorney Gloria Cardenas.