DACA and The Dreamers

Julianna Flores

The Trump administration is attempting to restrict the functions of the DACA program, leaving many Dreamers worried about the future of their legal status. 

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a federal program that protects children immigrated to the U.S. at a young age. Their mission is to keep individuals safe of deferred action from deportation. DACA not only protects young immigrants from deportation, but it helps them ensure an education and future for themselves. Furthermore, the program serves to give these students new opportunities in America and a chance to live the American Dream, despite their legal status. 

At the beginning of summer 2020, the Trump administration brought fear to many DACA students; he attempted to end the program that was created in 2012 by the Obama administration. Silvia Trujano is a former immigrant who arrived in the “US in May of 1980”, and originated from El Salvador. She is a Marine veteran and UCLA graduate. 

“You think that’s your normal so you don’t realize you came from a whole other country,” Trujano said. “ I was brought here to this country against my own will.” 

Alongside Silvia, many other children arrived in the United States unwillingly. Most of these children and adults are unaware of their legal status. There are a total of 690,000

immigrants enrolled in DACA in America. 690,000 human beings who have no clue what their future may look like with this upcoming election. 

Donald Trump has repeatedly shared  his thoughts on the program and his anti-immigration policies. Homeland Security has very much changed its rules and policies since his presidency, going as far as to limit incoming applicants and renewals for the next year or two. 

On top of this, there will be restrictions on renewals; it will be a one year validity period instead of two, how it is now. Elieser Ojeda is a former immigrant who migrated to the U.S. from Mexico in 1979. He arrived with his wife and future child. 

No, because how are they going to send them to a country they don’t even know,” Elieser Ojeda said. “How are you going to get them out of here?” 

Trump’s plan from the beginning of summer was to execute the program. Now, the new policies that were mentioned will be under rule from the Supreme Court. It is leaving the Dreamers worried about their future and safety in America. They are in this sort of limbo where they do not what is expected for them. 

Several applicants have been rejected from DACA since Trump’s election and Obama’s former “three-strike rule” has since been ignored. The rule meant that if you had three marks on your criminal record, the individual is then deported. It is still in place, but Homeland Security chooses to ignore it. 

If we’re doing good if we’re contributing to the society, then I would want these children staying in this country and making a difference,” said Trujano.