Dreamers should be able to dream of a better life withoutthe fear being kicked to the curb. What does DACA, Deferred Action for ChildrenArrival, do? “Deferredaction is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against anindividual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not providelawful status” (USCIS). It allows undocumentedchildren brought over the United States border illegally to request a deferredaction if they meet the requirements. Although they may be approved for adeferred action, they will not receive lawful status in the United States. Theycan also be eligible to get a job if they receive work authorization. “Throughexecutive fiat President Obama implemented DACA in 2010 when congress would notpass the DREAM act” (carter).
Now Dreamers are at the hands of President Trump.Trump is trying to follow through one of the many promises he made during hispresidential campaign, which is to get rid of DACA. There are roughly 800,000individuals being protected by DACA, and if DACA were removed they would feardeportation once their deferred action expires. All Dreamers can do now is towait and see which way President Trump decides to toward, whether to removeDACA or keep it in play. Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the UnitedStates, the children had no idea of what their actions of crossing the bordermeant and thus should not be punished for the illegal actions of their parents. The economyof the United States depends on the spending of citizens, immigrants, and eventhose who are here illegally. So, the removal of not only those illegally inthe Unites States but the DACA recipients as well, would have a majorlynegative impact on the economy of the United States.
When they buy a vehicle ora home they are putting money back into the United States economy. “With about65 percent of DACA recipients responding that had purchased a vehicle, roughly$16,469 was the average cost” (Wong). That in part contributes to the staterevenue through sales tax and other fees such as vehicle registration and titlefees, and businesses which insure those vehicles (Wong). Those who responded toa survey in 2017 shows roughly 16 percent of DACA recipients purchased a home,and those who are 25 years or older bring the percentage up to 24 (Wong). Notonly does that bring revenue to local economies it also includes the creationof jobs (Wong). Allowing them to staywould not hurt the economy but allow the economy of the united to continue togrow.
There also businesses who allow DACA recipients to get a job, 72 percentof the top 25 fortune 500 hundred companies (such as Walmart, Apple, GeneralMotors, etc.) employ those DACA recipients (Wong). Imagine if we made all thosein DACA leave it would cause a huge chunk of the United States revenue to fallby an estimated 500 billion. Texas with roughly 124,300 DACA recipients and ofthose 108,141 are currently working (Svajlenka), the removal of DACA recipientswould cause Texas to lose more than 6 billion in revenue if that were tohappen. Many wouldquote Sir Francis Bacon “Knowledge itself is power” could also be said as”knowledge is power”, thus we learn by going to school to obtain moreknowledge.
The majority of business in the united states focuses on hiringeducated individual for jobs, with a high school diploma being the minimumrequirement. Well DACA recipients also want the ability to continue theireducation, with roughly 45 percent that responded are still going to school andof those 72 percent of them are pursuing higher education such as a bachelor’sdegree or even higher (Wong). The opportunities DACA has given all theseindividuals to allow them to continue the pursuit of knowledge and allow themto get better jobs afterwards, thus giving them more of an incentive tocontinue their education. With roughly 94 percent of DACA recipients currentlyin college said, “I pursued educational opportunities that I previously couldnot” (Wong).
Getting a higher education would not only benefit DACA recipientsbut it would benefit the United States and its citizens. This also ties intothe aforementioned economy of the United States, by getting a better jobbecause of a higher education which in turn would allow them to receive ahigher pay and thus putting more money back into the economy with theirpurchases. Most DACA recipients know of one life, and that is the life in theUnited States, growing up believing their citizens besides actual citizens and thoselegally here in the United States would minimize the money being sent to theircountry of origin. The fear ofdeportation as DACA recipient’s countdown the expiration of the deferred actionthey received.
No one really wants to go live to a place they hardly knowanything of. The deportation isn’t a magic to ticket to their country of originbut is paid for by the government thus taxpayers are the one who really pay forthe ticket, so imagine sending 800,000 DACA recipients would cost millions. Whiledeporting so many would cost millions or even a billion, it will happen overtime as the deferred action expires for DACA recipients. The average cost of adeportee is 1,976 from figuring out who the individual is, to the holding indetention which is the main expense to finally being deported by bus or plane(Blanco). There arestill those individuals who want DACA recipients gone. DACA recipients whileprotected by a deferred action are still technically unlawful while stillresiding in the United States.
“They don’t deserve to be punished. They deserveprotection. They deserve the American dream. Deserve, deserve, deserve.”(Malkin).
The United States does not owe the DACA recipients anything. Theytake the jobs of United States individuals. Why should the United States helpwhen there are citizens who need and deserve our help the most.
The individualswho come to mind first, who I believe deserves our help more than DACArecipients are veterans. Veterans who are homeless, veterans who can’t get to medicalhelp, veterans who struggle mentally after returning from deployment. DACArecipients should not be deported as their DACA expires.
The great emotionaland physical stress having to go into a world they know nothing about. Havingto adjust to a new life, find new work where they might get paid much lessdepending on the country. The economy would be greatly impact in a negativeway. The loss the United States economy would be great, as the state’s’ GDP(Gross Domestic Product) would decline as DACA recipients get deported. Theamount of money businesses, taxpayers, or the government would have to pay ifDACA recipients are deported forcefully back to their country of origin.