(Photo: Federic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images – Protesters Support DACA)
By Danicea Christie
Cobras, have you heard about the DACA Program and what our current president wants to do with it? If you’re living in America and protected by DACA, you may be at risk of losing that protection. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is a program created by President Barack Obama that allows kids that came to America undocumented to be able to stay in the country, in a nutshell. President Obama devised the program to help kids who came into the country with their families illegally, but who nevertheless grew up here, went to school here, and know no other home. If you’re protected by DACA you have to renew it every two years to prevent deportation and you are eligible for a work permit.
Anyone – and there may be young people among us here at BA – protected by DACA may now be living in fear because President Donald Trump wants to cancel the program. President Trump, known for his anti-immigrant views, has called for “illegal immigrants” to “go back to their country.” Recently on the news, young people who grew up in the U.S. protected by DACA have protested Trump’s threat to cancel the program. They’ve lived here in the States for most of their life. If they get sent back, they’ll be lost, some of them to the violence of their birth countries. Many of them don’t speak their birth country’s language, have never been back, and have no family there.
Here at Boyd H Anderson High, where there are a lot of immigrants, students have strong opinions about Trump’s threats. I interviewed a number of them about DACA and how it may be cancelled.
“ I think DACA is a great program, but I think Donald Trump is trying to get rid of anything that has to do with immigrants. I think he was trying to do everything in his power to get rid of everything that Barack Obama did before he (Trump) got impeached a few weeks ago,” said Briana Dhaini, a junior.
I also interviewed BA student Falene Louis about why immigrants are in so much fear of Donald Trump and his policies.
“ People are scared because, if Trump succeeds, a lot of people who are protected by the program will be kicked out of the country or end up in one of those deportation camps on the border that are so bad that people would rather go to jail,” said Falene. She also described how she knew someone who got deported and who told her it was the worst period of her life. “I know Donald Trump will not succeed,” Falene added, “but there are always unexpected results that will have everyone in shock. I do hope that they allow these young immigrants to stay. They didn’t choose this life,” she said.