Arianna Hamilton, Beat Reporter

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     DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. I think DACA is important because it affects thousands of people everywhere in the United States. 800,000 people are being helped out by this policy. Many people want to shut it down, such as our president, although, many people disagree.

     DACA helps people brought into the U.S as children from being immediately deported when they turn 18. They can ask for two years of deferral so they can figure out what they want to do. You can only be a DACA recipient if they came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have to be living in the U.S. since June 15th, 2007. You cannot have a criminal record. You must have to be in high school, or have a G.E.D;  (General Education Diploma/Development) or a highschool diploma. The people that receive DACA privileges are called Dreamers”. DACA was passed in 2012 by Barack Obama.

     There are many people against DACA, although these dreamers go on to do great things in our society such as becoming doctors, teachers, electricians, etc. According to The Center for American Progress, “DACA has been unreservedly good for the U.S. economy” and that DACA recipients will, “contribute $460.3 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product [GDP] over the next decade—economic growth that would be lost were DACA to be eliminated” (ProCon.org). Therefore, everyone is contributing to the society. I think it would be very unfair if DACA recipients were deported because their parents brought them here. They didn’t have a choice to come to America or not. Dreamers have just as many rights as we do. Also, DACA is only for people who came here at a certain time frame. No one that comes to the United States today could receive the benefits of DACA.

     There are two sides to every story, so here are some “cons” of DACA. Even if they didn’t  have the choice to come to America, they’re still breaking the law. Also, DACA may give the impression that it is okay to come into America illegally. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), said that DACA, “Encouraged more illegal immigration and contributed to the surge of unaccompanied minors and families seeking to enter the U.S. illegally” (ProCon.org). People who support this side believe there should be no tolerance for illegal immigration.

     In my opinion, DACA is very beneficial for our country and it definitely helps people out. I think all people should have a chance to live a fair life in the U.S. Most people come here for better opportunities and safer lives for their children, the recipients of DACA are lucky enough to have this chance. I think DACA should stay around and not be put to an end.