Letters to the Editor

U.S. must keep Dreamers

The DACA policy was founded by the Obama administration in 2012, allowing some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children under the age of 16 a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation. These immigrants would become eligible for work permits.

During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump vowed to continue the Dreamers’ protection, but has since reneged on his promise, placing the lives of many hardworking immigrants in jeopardy.

Anti-immigrant extremists, many of whom have a great deal of control over large media sources, have found favor with Trump, as he adheres to these hate-filled demands to remove those roughly 800,000 Dreamers. These immigrants are more than deserving of the opportunity to pursue an education, a better way of living and a chance to continue living their lives in the country they identify with.

Many immigrants have become successful business owners, lawyers, doctors and beneficial members of their communities, as 95 percent are working, 54 percent have purchased vehicles and 12 percent have purchased their own home.

The immediate removal of these immigrants will leave a negative impact on the American economy.

Maya McCutchen