Youth Caucus of America is appalled and dismayed by the decision made by President Donald J. Trump and his administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The DACA program was created in 2012 by President Barack Obama to protect “Dreamers”, undocumented individuals who were brought into the United States when they were under the age of 16. DACA has facilitated the integration of Dreamers into American society by allowing them to receive a Social Security number, authorization to work, a driver’s license, and peace of mind. By meeting the strict criteria set out by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Dreamers have proven themselves to be individuals who are positioned to achieve personal success. DACA has given many people the opportunity to achieve a normal and productive life that enriches our communities and betters the country.
The White House’s decision to phase out DACA foists the lives of nearly 800,000 Dreamers into chaotic uncertainty. Many of these individuals are young people whose lives and futures are imperiled by the questionable decision making of the current administration. Dreamers now face the possibility of being removed from classrooms and jobs and deported to a country they may not even remember. Youth Caucus of America firmly believes in the equality and participation of all in the United States. The disruption of the lives of so many members of our country is unconscionable and challenges the notion of America as a meritocracy.
Youth Caucus of America does not approve of this administration’s decision to phase out DACA and to shatter the lives of thousands of young people across this nation.