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DACA is An Essential Program for Immigrants in the US

by Humera Gul

After the 2016 presidential election, the United States of America welcomed new policies and ideas. One policy of discussion is immigration reform.

President Donald Trump announces his decision regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program on Sept. 5.

With the decision looming, it has been a hot topic in the news, drawing different opinions from all political parties.

Former President Barack Obama created the DACA program in 2012 to prevent certain undocumented individuals with minor protection from being immediately deported. People can request “consideration of deferred action” in two years. Through the DACA program, there are around 800,000 immigrants that came to the U.S. as children.

The program proposed by the Obama administration is now being targeted for elimination by the Republican party. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan worked on the comprehensive immigration reform before he became House Speaker.

“President Obama does not have the authority to do what he did… we’ve made that very clear,” Ryan said in a radio interview. “Having said all of that, there are people who are in limbo. These are kids who know no other country, who were brought here by their parents and don’t know another home. And so, I really do believe that there needs to be a legislative solution.”

Parts of the Department of Homeland Security and DACA were told to prepare for a decision, but were not given specifics.

Ending DACA will cost $6.3 billion in employee turnover costs, which includes hiring and training 720,000 new employees.

Also, over the next two years, 6,914 employees who are currently working in the DACA program will have their positions terminated.

One of the key issues is legislative reform. The far right argues that these children are illegal and need to be deported immediately, while the far left argues that these children need to be granted full citizenship.

The issue at hand is the willingness of each party to find common ground.  The parties need to work together to strengthen the country. The DACA program is a great humanitarian program that will transform the lives of 800,000 immigrants.

Will morals be set aside to reduce costs or taxes? Which countries would these kids go back to? Are the countries willing to take them back? How long would it take to rehabilitate these kids into the third world countries they came from?