The Dream Act Should be Extended

Do you know of any friends or families who do not come from or were born in this country? Are you yourself not from this country? Just recently in my own experience a family friend of my mother’s was deported back to his native country. After an encounter with the police for a blown taillight that ended up sending him back to his family’s native country. Even though to him at least, his home exists here. Alberto was now faced with this reality that most people could not even imagine being in.

Alberto has lived in the United States since his teens and he does not remember much about his native country.

The news hit the family hard as one of their brothers, friend, coworker had to suddenly leave with no announcement or notice. With no chance to prepare or a chance to say goodbye. No explanation of how or why or if he’ll ever return. Just a ticket to a place that he had never once called home.

In 2017 President Trump announced that he will be eliminating the Dreamer’s Act. A bill that has shield hundreds of thousands of young people from deportation. The Dreamer’s Act involves approximately around 800,000 of people some of whom you may know. Humans are being ripped from their homes, school, family and friends with no choice but other than two words “good bye”. The Dreamer’s Act should be extended!

So, what exactly does the Dreamer’s Act protect? Dreamer’s Act has been built for Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (Dassault 151).

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The Development Relief and Education for Minors Act will put them on a scheduled plan towards citizenship. Society views of immigration reform and citizenship decreasing in the standards for those deemed worthy of citizenship. The impact of the movement for young people seeking passage of the law has consequences. If parents do not file appropriately and accordingly to their arrival, then they or children can be subject to future consequences.

This bill protects anyone who has evidence of living in the United States before the age of 16 years old. Another requirement to be considered an applicant immigrant you must have proof of residence in the United States for at least four consecutive years or more. In addition, you must be between the ages of 12-35 years old at the time of bill enactment. As well as, graduating from an American high school or obtain a GED. A mandatory criminal background check and getting finger prints into the system are requirement for all applicants.

The Dream’s Act was introduced on April 25, 2001 to shield all illegal immigrants in the United States of America. This bill received 34 cosponsors during its introduction as a bill and allowed illegal immigrant students to be protected from deportation and receiving permanent residency upon meeting the criteria. In September 2007 the Dream Act was filed to be an amendment but failed to be added by a few votes. On June 15, 2012 President Barack Obama stopped deporting undocumented immigrants under DACA. On August 15, 2012 the U.S Citizenship and Immigration services began accepting applications under “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”. As of January 2017, approximately 740,000 people have registered through DACA.

‘“Who needs DACA or the Dreamers Act?” written by Susan Dassault. An article on how this bill protects children and anyone arriving before the age of 16 into the Unite States. It has been estimated that over two million immigrants without legal status enter the country as children. These children arriving into the USA have the constitutional right to attend public schools without charge. Which in turn means billions of taxpayer dollars have been invested in their education (Dassault 151). Presenting these young people with the opportunities to remain in the United States. To use their education to contribute to the communities in which they have been raised in should be considered a right for all.

“Congress, which has the exclusive power to create new paths to citizenship yet has failed repeatedly to pass legislation that would enable childhood arrivals while earning some form of legal immigration status and grant citizenship of the country” (Dassault 151). “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program provides young immigrants who arrived or stayed in the U.S. without legal permission temporary protection from deportation and the ability to qualify for work authorization anywhere is the U.S.” “Children lacking legal immigration status have the same constitutional right as citizens” (Dassault 151). As a result, unauthorized illegal parents cannot acquire lawful status to pass on to their children. Therefore, after those children have become adults, they cannot access any path to legal status on their own.

An article by Marguerite Telford “Should DACA be Ended” one of many sources that pertains to today’s world and where DACA stands. President Trump announced that he would eliminate DACA a bill that has protected millions from deportation after being brought to the U.S. illegally as children. “DACA has granted workers permits to approximately 800,000 immigrants who had illegally entered this country before they turned 16” (Telford 3). Trump announced that the Dreamers Act was created illegally by President Barack Obama and he was to bring this bill up to the Congress.

Yet the congress has done nothing about this acquisition or the bill as it still shields many people to this day. On September 5, 2017 Trump’s administration rescinded the bill and nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants lost their shield against deportation and workers permit. Democrats have proposed billions of dollars for border wall construction in exchange for legislation to save DACA, but trump has denied the propose. Ruth Michael author of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” article helped me tie the knot in this research. While millions of young people are shield by DACA for now, the Center for Migration in New York approximates that there are more than 2.2 million Dreamers in the United States today (Long-Garda 218).

Trump, however, did not immediately repeal DACA once he took office. Recently court’s decision has temporarily stopped the Trump administration from ending DACA in March. Although Trump claimed he would manage DACA specifically his administration maintained that any undocumented immigrants who did receive deferred action will still be subject to deportation at any time. On September 5, 2017, the Justice Department announced that it was officially rescinding and ending the DACA program. October 4th close to fifty thousand eligible individuals had failed to apply for renewal of their DACA status, and no significant congressional steps had been taken to replace this system.

DACA has protected over hundreds of thousands of young immigrants unauthorized from deportation and allowed them to work legally since 2012. The immigrants protected through DACA grew up in the US which people might not assume they are unauthorized immigrants, and they might not have even known it themselves until they were teenagers. Dreamers usually consider to be described as undocumented individuals who arrived at the United States as children, attended school here, and consider thyself American (Marouf, F.).

Immigrants who lived in the U.S as residents for six consecutive years could then apply to become permanent resident (Ruth, M). They would receive permanent residency only if they were attending an institute of higher education such as a college. Have been honorably discharged from the US armed forces after at least two or more years. Passing consecutive background checks and continuing to display strong moral character. The Dream Act fails to pass Congress multiple times between the years 2001 and 2011 due to low number of votes.

In 2010 another revised version of the bill passed the House of Representatives but the failed in the Senate being the closest year where the bill would have passed (Ruth, M). Recently polls have shown a drastic public support from fellow Americans allowing the dreamers to remain in the United States (Barnes, R.). The program was supposed to give them a chance to build a life here and start a family of their own regardless of their parents’ choices. So, children who crossed illegally into the United States with their parents could never become legal residents or citizens because their parent’s illegal actions of residing in the United States illegally. Supporters of the Dream Act asserted the law adjusting it to protect the children from suffering for their parents’ illegal actions (Ruth, M).

These children became known as dreamers after the Dream Act, a piece of legislation meant to give them a path to citizenship first introduced in 2001. Many dreamers didn’t even know they were unauthorized immigrants until they were a teenager. Often when they discovered they couldn’t join their peers in getting a driver’s license or filling out financial aid forms for college, because they didn’t have Social Security numbers. Now think about yourself or your family, or friends, who are immigrants. Are we here to decide where their future should be? Do we make them leave to a place they’ve never known, or let them stay in a place they call home?

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