Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an Immigration policy established by former U.S. president Barack Obama, on June 15, 2012. The policy allowed some individuals who came into the country undocumented as minors a shield from deportation, this shield was renewable two-year periods of deferred deportation, along with this individuals were eligible for work permits, credit cards, and in some states driver’s license, along with a few more benefits(Dickeson, 2018). Beneficiaries of the program are labeled “dreamers” based off of the Dream Act, a bill that has been floating around congress since 2001 but has been unsuccessful in passing on multiple occasions.
On September 5, 2017 the Trump administration rescinded DACA. Leaving roughly 800,000 individuals and their families unsure of what the future will hold. However, Trump left it to congress to pass a replacement by March 5, 2018 before dreamers lose their status and security and become eligible for deportation. DACA has not only improved the lives of undocumented young people and their families but has also positively affected the economy, which benefits all Americans. On September 5, 2017 U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced to the public the Trump administration plans to rescind DACA. During Sessions speech to the press, the Attorney General justified ending the immigration policy with insufficient arguments with little to none supporting evidence.
Sessions stated that DACA “…denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs…” This claim has some truth to it, being that most dreamers are employed. However, this is not a fair assertion due to the jobs that dreamers help create. According to David Shirk, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, states due to the fact that dreamers consume goods and services this leads to economic growth, “…which allows for more jobs, more jobs allow for more growth.
” This statement shows that the dreamers are a small group of individuals which help the U.S. economy. Another claim made by the Attorney General of the United States is that DACA provided “…unilateral executive amnesty…” This claim by Sessions does have some accuracy as many could argue that the Obama administration establishment of the program DACA was unilateral as it was an executive action and not one that went through congress. On the other hand, there is a strong argument that DACA is not amnesty, due to there is not a direct path to citizenship for dreamers.
In 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a law known as Immigration Reform and Control Act, this act is commonly considered amnesty due to the fact that it legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 (TWP, 2014). As the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 is considered amnesty due to the act legalizing illegal immigrants, however DACA does not provide a pathway to citizenship unlike the Immigration Reform and Control Act which does. A fallacy in Sessions claim.Ultimately, the individuals apart of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has helped the economy flourish in many ways.
As dreamers are a large group of consumers, buy buying goods and services this money goes to U.S. citizens, the government, and also attributes to the national GDP.
This results in economic growth which generate more jobs. As the Trump administration rescinded DACA in September of 2017, congress has yet came up with a plan to fix this.