Among many things that President Donald Trump has done while in office, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has created quite some controversy and backlash.
To be eligible to apply to D.A.C.A., you must have been brought to the United States before 2007, and have no severe criminal charges. The program has enabled “dreamers” to create a life for themselves through education and work in the United States without the fear of deportation.
The name “dreamers” comes from, “a compromise created by the Obama administration after Congress failed to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. DREAM would have offered those who came to the U.S. illegally as children the opportunity to potentially gain permanent legal residency,” reports NBC News.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sep. 5 that the Trump Administration is ending D.A.C.A.
According to The New York Times, Sessions,“said the program had ‘denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs.’”
As of now, no more D.A.C.A. applications will be taken and Congress has been given six months to make permanent changes.
Following the announcement of ending the program, protests broke out across the country and people flooded social media, bringing awareness to the ‘dreamers.’
According to CNN, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of Congress are “calling on [House Speaker Paul] Ryan and [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell to immediately put the Dream Act for a vote on the floor in the House and Senate. I’m confident that if put on the floor, it will garner overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle.”