By Trinity Bentley
President Donald J. Trump is rallying to not have Congress renew, therefore to remove the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (D.A.C.A) program that former President Obama instituted, which could cause millions of immigrants to be deported. According to NBCnews.com, the program allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to remain in the country. D.A.C.A. is a program that states that the applicants had to have arrived before the age of 16 and have lived here since June 15, 2007, according to CNN.
Indianapolis-based Hocker & Associates LLC Law Firm in Immigration Lawyer Vicki Fortino explained that the D.A.C.A. policy won’t affect the majority of immigrants but the ones who will be affected need to be taken care of, too.
“ … I am guessing that the people with no status will not be affected too much. They are mostly living their lives the best that they can and not stressing about it every minute of every day as we might think they would. It will affect these particular immigrants in the obvious ways,” Fortino said.
D.A.C.A. affects a large number of people in Indiana, according to Fortino.
“… We have about 10,000 D.A.C.A. people in Indiana total,” Fortino said.
Fortino believes some of the things that she heard about participants are preposterous.
“The people on the far right politically are against ‘amnesty’ for immigrants in any way, shape or form… I actually heard someone say about DACA recipients that ‘their parents broke the law many years ago and they should have known that someday their children would have to be punished for their behavior,’” Fortino said.
“… There are over 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country right now. To give them legal status, it will require a change of the law and it will require some sort of amnesty but it is the only way to deal with the issue. These people are law-abiding and taxpaying and are good parents who just want a chance to live safely for themselves and their kids.”
An anonymous WCHS teacher spoke about the process of creating a new policy.
“As it currently stand[s], D.A.C.A. will not exist and enforcement will begin in the next five-ish months. I believe that another policy will be made; it remains to be seen if it will be as effective providing citizenship. The whole system needs to be examined so that it can work with individuals who are seeking to come to the US while keeping laws and the peace,” The teacher said.
While many students may not be directly affected by this policy, this is an national issue that deserves attention and critical thought.