According to The Guardian, Donald Trump’s decision to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program from next March will leave almost a million young immigrants vulnerable of deportation.
They fear that the personal information they voluntarily handed the federal government in signing up for the scheme could now be turned against them to facilitate their own deportations.
What is Daca?
Daca is a federal government program created in 2012 under Barack Obama to allow people brought to the US illegally as children the temporary right to live, study and work legally in America.
Those applying are vetted for any criminal history or threat to national security and must be students or have completed school or military service. If they pass vetting, action to deport them is deferred for two years, with a chance to renew, and they become eligible for basics like a driving license, college enrollment or a work permit.
Those protected under Daca are known as “Dreamers”
Upon the announcement of Trump’s move to end Daca, Americans reacted heavily on social media expressing their views on the decision.
The following are random samples from twitter:
I support #DACA with all my heart, and I will fight to protect it. You can also support w/out falling back on "we are all immigrants."
— Dr. Adrienne Keene (@NativeApprops) September 6, 2017
— Jacob Gil (@jacob4kids) September 6, 2017
Let us be clear…#DACA is unconstitutional.
Allowing it to remain for another 6 months is to continue violating the Constitution.
— Mark Romano (@TheMarkRomano) September 6, 2017
— Doogie Yowza (@DoogieYowza) September 6, 2017
— Rep. Ruben J. Kihuen (@RepKihuen) September 6, 2017
If an illegal has a job and a citizen or legal immigrant doesn't, the illegal needs to be deported.
It really is that simple. #DACA
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) September 6, 2017
If #DACA was ended when I was a kid, I wouldn't be here now.
— Natalia Brzezinski (@NatalBrz) September 6, 2017
— kasandra 🌸 (@moraales__) September 6, 2017
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 6, 2017
If you're under #DACA, you have until OCTOBER 5th to renew it! Do it asap! If you need any assistance with the fees, PLEASE let me know!
— ☹️ (@shayfromonline) September 5, 2017
— Rose-Ann Aragon KPRC (@RAragonKPRC2) September 5, 2017
— Donald J. Trump (@RealDonaldTrFan) September 5, 2017
— Notion (@fixednotion) September 5, 2017