A Guest Column by Salvador Carranza
The End of DACA What Now?
to right an unjust wrong by giving the opportunity for immigration relief to the millions of US residents brought here as children until such a time
as Congress could pass the DREAM Act or Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Now, who was eligible for DACA? It was not a blank check for everyone. The DACA program allowed people who had come to the United
States when children to receive protection from being deported, and the ability to work and get a driver's license, among a few other
privileges. They had to have arrived before their 16th birthday, were under the age of 31 when applying for DACA, had continuously resided in
the United States since June 15, 2007, and were in school, had graduated or were an honorably discharged veteran. And all had to undergo a
background check to be eligible, as those convicted of a felony or a significant misdemeanor, were not eligible to apply for DACA.
One of the concerns of families that decided to apply was that by doing so, their children would be providing the Federal Government with all
their pertinent information, like home address and place of work. So it was a leap of faith in the government for these children to decide to
apply. As they had to trust that the government would eventually provide them with permanent protection. Now, 800,000 young residents of
this country feel betrayed by the government. And they are afraid that the information they provided in good faith could be used against them
and their families. By ending DACA the Trump administration didn't only hurt the hundreds of thousands of good, hard working young people that
are now making strong contributions to our country, they also sent a message to the rest of the nation that the promises of the government can't
be trusted. And that is a threat to our democracy.
The Trump administration pushed the issue to Congress to pass a bill that would once and for all provide a permanent status to the millions of
undocumented young people in this country, our Dreamers. If Congress fails to act, the damage to our nation could be enormous By virtue of
their ability to work, the 800,000 young people that received DACA have been able to become lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, etc.
They are now part of the social and economic fabric of our nation The negative social and economic impact can be significant; sSo much so
that the CEOs of the biggest corporations in America, from Google, to Facebook, Microsoft, etc. have called on Congress to make it a priority to
pass a bill that will restore protections and rights for these individuals. They consider this a higher priority than even tax reform.
There are a few things to know about DACA ending,
1) There are still a few opportunities for some young people whose DACA permit expired before March 5, 2018 to re-apply. And their work
permits can also be renewed. DACA recipients were required to re-apply every two years. But they must do so before an October 5, 2017
2) However no new DACA applications will be accepted.
3) Current DACA documents are still valid until expiration.
4) People with DACA authorization had the opportunity to travel abroad through what is called "advanced parole". This has been revoked and
is no longer available.
5) And the government will not terminate previously issued DACA or revoke their employment authorization.
However, an ominous statement from the Department of Homeland Security notes that they will "continue to exercise its discretionary authority
to terminate, or deny deferred action for any reason, at any time, and without notice," which again, sounds hypocritical.
So what now? First, we need to continue protecting and supporting our undocumented families and our Dreamers. Several cities and even
states have pledged not to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the infamous ICE
agents, on enforcing identification, detention and deportation of otherwise lawful, contributing members of our society. These are called
sanctuary states and sanctuary cities.
In states like Wisconsin, that want to cooperate with ICE, we need to oppose at all cost anti-immigrant bills, like Bill AB90 in our legislature that
would force local police to act as ICE agents. Call your state representatives to oppose that bill!! If passed it will hurt all our communities!
Also, State Representative Jocasta Zamarripa has introduced a bill to restore state tuition for undocumented students that was revoked when
Scott Walker became governor. Let your representatives know that it is unfair that these students who have lived in this state all their lives,
paying taxes and excelling academically in our schools are deprived from a college education because they are considered "foreign students"
for tuition purposes, having to pay over $30,000 a year without access to financial aid!
Finally, call your Congressional representatives, in particular Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson, to quickly pass the DREAM Act to provide relief to
the millions of young members of our society that today live in limbo!
We will continue to fight for our DREAMers, for the DREAM Act to be passed by Congress and for Comprehensive Immigration reform!
SI Se Puede!
On September 4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with the authorization of President Donald
Trump, ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that had been
authorized by President Barack Obama on June 12, 2012. The program permitted certain
individuals that had come to the United States as children without a permit, that is, who
were undocumented, to request consideration to be awarded DACA status and protections.
These children were brought to the United States by their parents who sought to give them
a better life and opportunities, and had no say in the decision. Yet, they have grown up in
this country as Americans and call no other country but this one their home. Yet they were
in peril of being deported at any moment and had few options to work or contribute to
society until DACA was approved. While many opponents, mainly Republicans, attacked
DACA as being unconstitutional because it didn't have Congressional approval, President
Obama was just exercising his constitutional " prosecutorial discretion" for these
individuals that came to the U.S. as children. When the Trump administration issued its
ban on citizens from several Muslim nations, they claimed that the President has vast
discretionary authority on immigration issues, yet, when Trump ended DACA they claimed
that they were ending the program because President Obama didn't have that same
discretion when he authorized DACA, so what is it?
Regardless of the politics, the fact is that by authorizing DACA, President Obama was trying