CONGRESS: INCLUDE A SOLUTION TO DACA IN THE 2018 BUDGET
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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) - is an immigration policy that was passed by President Barack Obama in 2012. The immigration policy grants those who came into the country before the age of 16, a work permit and the ability to obtain a driver's license. DACA is not a permanent resolution to immigration reform. Those who are under DACA must have their status renewed after every two years. In addition, in order to be under DACA you must have a clean record free of any major felonies or misdemeanors. Those who are approved for DACA must have their fingerprints scanned (biometrics). Research has suggested that having undocumented immigrants under DACA, or working in the United States in general, does not affect native citizens. Also, there is no evidence that DACA recipients are more likely to commit a crime than any other demographic.
It is important to petition for a permanent solution for DACA to be included on the December 22nd budget because starting March 3rd, 2018, 1,000 people a day covered by DACA could potentially lose their status, and be deported from the United States of America. Congress is unwilling to include the solution in the budget for the 2018 fiscal year.
DACA is not only a benefit to Latin people. Out of the 11 million undocumented people, 600,000 are Black. DACA is a universal immigration policy. There are Africans, Afro-Panamanians, and more who are affected by the brutal legislation of the Trump Administration.
Misconceptions of DACA
- “DACA recipients are criminals.”
- Those who are DACA must have evidence that they brought to this country under the age of 16. Most DACA recipients were brought to the United States at a very young age, therefore, unaware of any illegal actions.
- “DACA recipients do not pay taxes.”
- “DACA students are eligible for FAFSA” - FAFSA does not grant DACA students any forms of loans, or grants. DACA students must find funding from their education either through institutional aid (all public universities and colleges in the state of Georgia are not allowed to fund undocumented immigrants, or admit them to the college), private scholarships, or work.
- “DACA recipients have healthcare” - DACA recipients are not eligible for healthcare. In addition, they are not eligible for food stamps, welfare, or medicare.
DACA is being rescinded because many Americans feel that the program was implemented unconstitutionally by President Barack Obama. Initially, President Obama proposed the Dream ACT - a bill that proposed a pathway to permanent residency for DACA recipients. This bill passed the House, but failed to overrule a bipartisan filibuster in the senate. Therefore, Barack Obama implemented DACA through an executive order. Although DACA has its benefits, it is not a permanent solution for undocumented immigrants. President Donald Trump is able to rescind DACA because it is an executive order, not a legislation passed by congress. Although economists have asserted that DACA enhances the United States economy, and that DACA recipients are no more likely to commit a crime than a typical American, President Trump still insisted on rescinding DACA due to a xenophobic, nationalist, and racist agenda.
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