This country opened its arms for more than 800,000 children, and now their fate hangs in the balance. President Trump announced on September 5th that he would be ending the Obama administration program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and gave Congress a six-month window to act before the program and its protections would be phased out. DACA currently protects immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, granting them legal status to work only if they qualify for the program. The program applies to those who have been in the country since 2007, reached the United States prior to their 16th birthday, and not been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor.
Now, as legal matters surround the validity of the Trump administration ending DACA and the Supreme Court's recent refusal to immediately hear the case, the protections granted by DACA will survive past the March 5th deadline. It may be several months until the legal battle plays out in courts, and this time renewal will certainly give cause to slow the frenzied pace of action in Washington.
Congress saw three bills to renew the protections for the 800,000 fail to pass. However, the success of these bills do not mirror the popular sentiment in the country. A recent CBS poll showed that 87 percent of Americans are in support of the immigrants to remain in the U.S. This country opened its arms for the 800,000 law-abiding and tax-paying immigrants, and now their lives are clouded with uncertainty. We must use our voice to protect the Dreamers and urge our politicians to pass legislation that reinforce the values of this country.