By Nmasichi Chukwuemeka
On September 5th, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions confirmed President Trump’s plan to terminate The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) within six months.
President Trump said, “DACA — was a lawless policy that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences and denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of American citizens,” The New York Times reported. However, some people disagree with the President’s views.
According to The Washington Post, Contrary to Trump’s assertion, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the president of the American Action Forum said “DACA improves the economic outlook for low-skilled, American-born workers. Without work permits, undocumented immigrants are more likely to take any job they can, even jobs that falls below their skill or education level. DACA, allows these workers to move to jobs that better match their background, freeing up low-skilled positions.”
“Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us,” former US President Barack Obama said, according to The New York Times.
Numerous self identified “Sanctuary Colleges and Universities” including Berea College, admits some DACA students.
Guerds Jean ’18, a DACA recipient, said “I feel like the world is going back in history instead of learning from its mistakes and I hope this has to be a dream I will wake up from. I am losing faith in America, and I don’t think I feel comfortable calling this place home again. We were undocumented before; we can do it again. God has more power than Trump ever will.”
Paola Benefo ’18, a DACA recipient said “I feel bewildered, as I do not know what to do next or what to do with my life and it seems like America is moving backward. Do we go back to what we had before the DACA status now that some of us have attended college? I feel like I cannot keep silent about my status; people should keep hearing my story. I want more people to be aware of the DACA stigma and how the media is putting up a stereotype because they do not want Mexicans, but this affects all nationality.”
According to the office of Assessment, DACA recipients are different in status from international students, and about 120 Berea College students are from countries other than the United States.