Reinstate the DACA program and laws for the undocumented permanent protection and freedom
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Dear President of the United States, Congress member, House of Representatives, Department of Homeland Security
As of Tuesday, September 5th the decision to end DACA the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program has protected 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation.The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program. This action will take away the ability for young undocumented students from obtaining driver’s licenses, work permits, a college education and putting them at an increased risk for deportation. These 800,000 individuals have dedicated their lives to this country, and have started families, pursued careers and studied in schools and universities across the United States. DACA presented hope for a future for many undocumented students across the country. Young children and adults with aspirations of becoming future doctors, teachers, lawyers, and countless other career paths had the opportunity to pursue their dreams when President Obama announced the DACA program. President of the United States, Congress members, House of Representatives, and Department of Homeland Security, I ask of you to show your support and reinstate the DACA program and create a law that gives these individuals permanent protection, respect, and the freedom to pursue their dreams. (Via. S.1615 - Dream Act of 2017)
Please remember that DACA is just one program that is in place to help immigrants assimilate into our nation. There is so much more at risk, we need your support on this issue and to continue fighting for the rights of immigrants both documented and undocumented.
These young immigrants are American, the only thing that' s preventing them, is not having proper documentation. These young adults are not criminals and are working immensely hard to have their place here in the United States. They strive for the American dream, to live out their hopes and dreams with freedom and equality. We cannot and must not turn our backs on these young, patriotic students. DACA should be protected and kept in place to assist these young men and women in working toward becoming U.S. citizens. We must all come together as Americans to support one another and strive for greatness. We are a nation built on immigration, through these varies people's, who have over the years brought their culture and skills to help contribute to the great country of America. We are a nation that does not tear families apart, that does not turn away from people who actively want to improve and contribute to our great nation.
Inspired American Voter
What is DACA?
“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a kind of administrative relief from deportation. The purpose of DACA is to protect eligible immigrant youth who came to the United States when they were children from deportation. DACA gives young undocumented immigrants: 1) protection from deportation and 2) a work permit. The program expires after two years, subject to renewal.
PLEASE NOTE: DACA does not grant a path to permanent residency or citizenship. The DREAM Act, which would lead to permanent residency, has NOT passed.”
“On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children and meet several guidelines might request consideration of deferred action for two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”
DACA Eligibility Requirements
You may request DACA if you:
1. Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;
2. Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;
3. Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;
4. Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;
5. Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012;
6. Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and
7. Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
DACA is not amnesty, nor a direct path to citizenship. Thanks to DACA, these immigrants can share their experiences and talent, while developing their skills and education as they work to establish themselves as U.S. Citizens.
According to, the Pew Research Center there are about 11.1% undocumented immigrants in the country, while the Department of Homeland Security estimated there are about 11.4% undocumented immigrants in the United States as of January 2012—the number only continues to increase. These immigrants are our friends, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and students.
Obstacles Faced by Immigrants:http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1
· “Most immigration lawyers charge between $5,000 to $7,500 to accompany a client through the green card process.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1
· “Some cases can cost closer to $15,000 before adding on application fees and any potential family members.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1
· “Applicants can spend years marked by a feeling of lost opportunity and helplessness as they wait for the process to conclude.” (http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=87996&page=1
· Many colleges do not accept DACA students
· Out of state tuition for many DACA college students if they can find a college that accepts them
· Undocumented students can not utilize FAFSA, and many scholarships cannot be awarded to undocumented students, putting them at a major disadvantage when it comes to the college application process.
· Constant association and comparison to terrorists and criminals—including racial profiling. While terrorists and immigrants with malicious intent to get into the country, this is a very small proportion and must not be overgeneralized to the population as a whole. Immigrants, legal or undocumented, tragically face a growing hatred that has formed by the negative framing of immigrants, use of misleading information, and the strategy of using them as scapegoats.
· Immigration raids in their communities where families are forced to leave their children because of the deportation process.
• According to the Migration Policy Institute,
· There are an estimated 1,932,000 DACA eligible immigrants in the U.S. If Donald Trump carries through with his plans to end DACA, almost 2 million immigrants will be unable to obtain driver’s licenses and work permits, will not be able to work toward their educational dreams and will be at great risk for deportation.
• We will be ending the work, progress, and achievements of young immigrants.
• According to the American Psychological Association, there are one million children under the age of 18 who are undocumented and 4.4 million under the age of 30. Those who currently are in the DACA program or are eligible for DACA will be at major risk for deportation if DACA ends.
• We will be ending the educational paths of future doctors, businessmen and women, skilled trade workers, teachers, and more
• We will be tearing apart and ruining families who only wish to work toward becoming U.S. citizens
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