Eliminate DACA Renewal Fees

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The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), was an American immigration policy approach, that was passed as part of the Obama administration’s in June of 2012. This allowed some undocumented individuals, who were brought to the United States as children, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation as well as be eligible for a work permit. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, currently ranges between the ages of 16 to 35 years old and has prevented the termination of protections of 800,000 immigrants in the United States (Dickerson, 2018).

On December 23, 2016, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA and Dreamers, application renewal was increased. Despite dreamer’s tax contributions, there are considered ineligible for the benefits or programs their tax money goes towards (Totiyapungprasert, 2017). The cost dreamers must pay for their renewal, exceeds the amount necessary for authorities to process their applications. The Department of Homeland Security, reported that the fees are excessive and do not match the actual cost to determine dreamer’s status (Smith, 2017).

There are numerous Universal Declaration of Human Rights that are being violated towards dreamers. Not providing equal access to resources is a direct violation of Article 7 and Article 22. According to our Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 7 states, that all are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of the Declaration of Human rights (United Nations, 1948). However, on September 5, 2017, Donald Trump announced his intentions of eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The proposed legislation of targeting youth immigrants for deportation violates their protection against discrimination. The protection of our human rights is a duty provided to all individuals regardless of their race or citizenship status. Additionally, our Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 22 states, all are members of the community as well as have the right to access resources, social security, and are entitled to realization (United Nations, 1948). Although dreamers contribute in taxes, like other citizens in the United States, dreamers do not have equal access to resources or financial assistance programs whereas, US citizens do. Human rights should not be granted based on citizenship, as this article states, ALL are equal but unfortunately dreamers battle to be treated as such. 

My proposal is to eliminate the DACA renewal cost, develop an immigration policy that provides equal access to resources, opportunities, as well as does not violate our human rights. It is not solely one individual or group that is held accountable for influencing the implementation this policy change. Together, we develop ways to be seen and heard by community members, agencies, as well as higher authorities until the change is implemented. 

 

 

Dickerson, C. (2018, January 25). What Is DACA? Who Are the Dreamers? Here Are
Some Answers. New York Times. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/us/daca-dreamers-shutdown.html

Smith. I. (2017, March 3). Who’s Paying for the DACA Program? The Hill. Retrieved by
http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/homeland-security/322211-whos-paying-for-the-daca-program

Totiyapungprasert, P. (2017, September 7). How Much Do Dreamers Pay In Taxes?
Bustle. Retrieved from
https://www.bustle.com/p/how-much-do-dreamers-pay-in-taxes-daca-recipients-contribute-just-like-everyone-else-81419

United Nations. (1948). The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Web.
http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html

 

 



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