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Senators Urge to Bring Back DACA

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On September 5th, President Trump rescinded the executive memorandum that created the DACA program.‍ “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States before the age of 16, lived in the United States for at least 5 years, have no significant criminal history and were under the age of 31 by June 2012. Although the president’s action does not take effect immediately; unless Congress acts by March 5,2018, the recipients’ will lose their legal status, the ability to work lawfully and face deportation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In reaction to this action, couple weeks ago, the senator majority leader wrote to Honorable McConnell to urge him to pass the Dream Act as soon as possible and before the senate recess for the holidays. The DREAM Act would provide a path to citizenship for this population. Since DACA’s inception in 2012, the recipients’ who are called “Dreamers”  have been able to improve their lives, to live knowing that they won’t be deported from the only country they know as home.

The rescission of DACA will reverse the immeasurable positive trends in the lives of more than 8000,000 young people who have known America their only country that they call home, that the program had set in motion and return the threat of removal. The end of DACA will have more a negative   impact than a positive in our society. Through the DACA program as stated in the letter addressed to Honorable McConnell, “immigrant women have been able to secure jobs and educational opportunities that allow them to provide for themselves and their families. In fact, over 90 percent of DACA recipients are currently employed and approximately 70 percent were able to get better paying jobs through their DACA status”.

Today, instead of focusing on their future, DACA recipients known as Dreamers are worried about their safety. These bright, hardworking young people need our love and support. We all come from somewhere and we should all work hard to make this country strong and give opportunity to everyone.

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