By Jorge Familiar
Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, better known as DACA, in six months. DACA was started through an executive order by former President Barack Obama in June 2012 in order to grant young undocumented immigrants with protection from deportation and legal permission to work. Dreamers, as the 800,000 people protected under DACA are known, are all undocumented immigrants who entered the United States illegally before 2007 at the age of 15 or younger. Given this context, Dreamers deserve to be seen as Americans— having spent their formative years and built their lives in the U.S., deportation would be a cruel fate for an innocent group of people that have wanted nothing but peaceful integration into American society. Considering that eligibility requirements for protection under DACA include enrollment in or completion of high school as well as having a clean criminal record, and the fact that Dreamers who obtain work are required to pay income taxes, there can be no doubt that these people have been continuously treated as second-class citizens despite their compliance with our society’s norms and expectations.
Generation E was created in order to advocate on behalf of America’s young people, and now, more than ever before, Dreamers deserve to have their voices heard. The main argument against DACA is that it is an unconstitutional misuse of executive authority; however, this can not be an excuse for ruining the lives of 800,000 people who would be considered model citizens were it not for a lack of proper documentation. Because of this, Generation E would like to
formally announce that it stands with the Dreamers and calls on Congress to find a permanent solution that will allow them to live, work, and remain in the United States legally and peacefully.
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