Young immigrants in the US are in living in fear of Donald Trump’s presidency as they are afraid of being deported under his his rule.
Many of the young immigrants still living in the United States illegally as claimed by agencies and also in favor of Donald’s steps to deport illegal immigrants has sent chills across the country as many fear they will be deported soon.
President Barack Obama in 2012 introduced a program known as, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals“ which has benefited around 750,000 immigrants.
The program enables those who came to the U.S. illegally as children, known as “Dreamers,” to apply for two-year renewable work authorization and protection from deportation.
This same program is under a threat of being scrapped and those who have benefited may soon lose their jobs as sources claim.
Donald Trump pledged to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals once he was in office
Donald Trump has pledged to “immediately terminate” the Obama administration’s program and executive actions, which includes DACA. The president-elect has offered the position of attorney general to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), a DACA opponent.
“Without DACA, I’d lose the job I love,” said the 21-year-old Guatemalan, who helps patients navigate insurance and check in at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “I could get deported.”
The same executive action was also used by Obama to combat issues on gun control, which critics deem an unconstitutional attempt to bypass Congress.
“No president should be able to give away American jobs and public benefits to people with no right to be in the country absent express congressional authorization,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which wants to reduce immigration into the U.S.
The recent events have opened up questions on whether the DACA program stands a chance or not and how it will influence the immigrants that have benefited from it.
Obama was called upon by some democrats to protect DACA which faces termination after Trump’s victory in the US elections. The president said last week that he would,
“urge the president-elect and the incoming administration to think long and hard before they are endangering that status of what, for all practical purposes, are American kids.”
In order for the applicants to qualify for the DACA program, they must prove they arrived in the U.S. before age 16, have no criminal history and meet educational criteria.
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If the program is taken down, so many of the applicants waiting in line and those already find hope in it will face uncertainty as to whether they will remain with their jobs and legal status in the country.
Immigrant-advocacy groups are also now advising new applicants not to apply since their information may be used in the deportation scheme by the Donald administration.
“First-time DACA applications are not likely to be processed before the next administration takes office and may be unnecessarily exposing themselves to the Department of Homeland Security,” said Kathy Gin, executive director of Educators for Fair Consideration, a nonprofit that works with undocumented students.
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