DACA and How its Repeal Will Affect the Nation

Sometimes, a person has no idea that they are undocumented until they apply for a drivers license or a job. To send these young people away from everything they know would prevent them from starting new businesses or contributing to the country. The Dreamers that will be affected by the repeal of DACA are likely to be your neighbor or your child’s teacher.


About DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act is a type of limited immigration act that protects children and young adults from sudden removal from the country. The Act protected people who entered the United States as children. The Act helped support these people in getting jobs, driver’s licenses, and opening bank accounts. Most importantly, DACA has been ensuring that people who have been living and working in the United States don’t get deported.


It has helped families stay together, avoiding separation due to deportation. The Act was put into during the Obama administration on June 15th, 2012. DACA affects those who entered the U.S. before they reached the age of 16 and under the age of 31 on June 15th, 2012. It’s a requirement that the person immigrating to America has been a citizen for at least five years. DACA recipients must also be in high school, completed it, or the recipient of a GED. There must be no history of being convicted felon; a few misdemeanors are been tolerated.


Trump rescinds DACA

Trump decided to rescind DACA on September 5th, 2017. This decision is going to affect a great many people, approximately 800,000. This group of nearly one million people trusted America when they opted to become “Dreamers”, acting on the Dream Act which granted legal status to undocumented immigrants.


Now, Dreamers are faced with the fact that what has been protecting them and their families for years will no longer exist. The Dreamers come from all corners of the world, but many come from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Fortunately, the bright light at the end of the tunnel is that this Act must be replaced. At least Trump is urging Congress to make a decision as this Act is repealed over the coming months.


The result of the repeal

DACA doesn’t just affect the 800,000 people who signed up for protection. Repealing the Act will have an impact on the husbands, wives, and children of any given person’s family. The people are expecting a solution for this Act. California and Texas will be largely impacted, as many immigrants live in these states.


Texas is making a move to call DACA illegal with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leading the charge. Paxton threatens to take legal action if DACA is not fully rescinded by September 5th, 2018. He stated that the program sets a “dangerous precedent” by remaining intact, it grants authority for the executive branch to ignore Congressional laws.


He wishes for the federal government to declare the program unlawful and prevent the issuance of further permits. DACA renewals may continue to occur as legal issues are resolved in court. However, there is a lawsuit that seeks to cease new applications from being accepted. As a result of federal court rulings involving New York, California, Washington, and D.C., the program has remained in place.


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