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Dream On

Supporters of immigrant rights march.

Supporters of immigrant rights march.

Supporters of immigrant rights march.

Supporters of immigrant rights march.

Commonly referred to as DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals formed during the administration of President Obama on June 15, 2012. This policy allowed for its applicants to receive a social security number and card, granting them access to a work permit, driver’s license, higher education, and deportation reprieve. As President Trump reforms issues and policies in government, among them, is the DACA debate. What does Trump’s ruling mean for the nearly 3.6 million recipients? On February 26, 2018, the government released their decision regarding DACA. The recipients would receive renewed papers for the time being. Although remaining a temporary fix, the news of renewing papers was a victory for immigrants because they are not hanging onto their future by a thread. This fix is temporary until Congress makes a new, permanent fix to the overflow of immigrants. Due to DACA only being renewed for temporary reasons, no one is permitted to apply for DACA until there is a new policy that must be followed in order to gain aid.

Benefits of DACA

The news of renewal was a dramatic sigh of relief for Dreamers. They had been waiting for months to hear what their future holds. As people of tremendous hope, they have placed a lot of faith in other people for plans of their futures. These Dreamers are people to look up to. They truly show others what it is like to trust others and trust in a confusing process.

According to The Facts on DACA, applicants for DACA had to be:

  • At least 15 years old when applying but under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012
  • Under the age of 16 when entering the United States
  • Living in the U.S. continuously since June 15, 2007
  • Present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012, and at the time of applying
  • In school or have graduated or completed high school, or have been honorably discharged from the military
  • Not convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more other misdemeanors

Who knows what the permanent fix will require, yet the Dreamers will continue to dream on, and hopefully with the help of the government, their dreams will come true.

Keep families together by upholding immigrant rights!

As Xavier is a Jesuit school, it is important to be men and women for others in this situation. People of Xavier need to continue to love others regardless of class or social rankings. We need to be able to help others and do anything we can to make others’ lives better. At the end of the day, no race or border or difference can keep apart the children of God; we are all united as people of the same Earth. We are all the human race, and we need to keep in mind the sincerity and kindness that kinship empowers us with. Let us mind others and help them on their journey to finding the best life they can live. Be an instrument of change.


Works Cited:

Joshi, Hrishikesh. “The Unfairness of DACA.” National Review, National Review, 8 Sept. 2017, www.nationalreview.com/2017/09/daca-unfairness-non-mexicans/.

“DACA Renewals Begin! – Benach Collopy, Llp.” Benach Collopy, Llp, 5 June 2014, www.benachcollopy.com/2014/06/daca-renewals-begin/.

Robertson, Lori. “The Facts on DACA.” FactCheck.org, 23 Jan. 2018, www.factcheck.org/2018/01/the-facts-on-daca/.

Gomez, Alan. “What the Supreme Court Ruling Means for DACA and Almost 700,000 Undocumented Immigrants.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 26 Feb. 2018, www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/26/what-supreme-court-ruling-means-daca-and-almost-700-000-undocumented-immigrants/372704002/.

“Immigrant Rights.” LocalProgress, localprogress.org/issues/immigrant-rights/.

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