On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the government would begin the process of terminating Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama administration policy that protects many young undocumented immigrants.
Words can’t explain how fearful I am in this moment. Not for myself, but for several of my friends, and the 800,000 other DACA recipients who could be forced to leave the only country they’ve ever truly known.
All because of the xenophobic beliefs of our current presidential administration, if you can even call it that.
DACA recipients are not criminals, contrary to popular belief. They are not menaces to society. They are young people who are just as much American as someone born and bred in this country.
It is a requirement that DACA recipients complete high school, serve and/or be honorably discharged from the military or be in college. In addition, DACA recipients cannot be found guilty of a felony or serious misdemeanor, or they will be deported.