A Dream Deferred

by Jazlynn Smith

March and rally/protest in response to the rescission of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in New York City. The march began by the Trump International Hotel and Tower to Central Park.  Photo Credit: Rhododendrites

March and rally/protest in response to the rescission of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in New York City. The march began by the Trump International Hotel and Tower to Central Park.
Photo Credit: Rhododendrites

After the Twitter Tweet storm by President Donald Trump concerning the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals the nation expected the program to end. This program has helped 800,000 undocumented youth who were illegally brought here to America at a very young age by their parents or love ones. The Attorney General Jeff sessions had the pleasure of announcing that Trump’s administration will be ending DACA on Sept. 5, 2017.

“I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA, that was effectuated under the Obama administration, is being rescinded,” Sessions said.

Kellyanne Conway, who is currently serving under the trump administration, revealed on Fox and Friends that Trump wants to do what’s fair to the American workers and what’s fair to people in this country who are competing for jobs and other benefits.

“He (Trump) says we have to keep people, and poison out of our communities, people who are here illegally and competing for those jobs,” Conway said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it has since been calculated that if DACA were to end the U.S Gross Domestic Product will lose at least 433.4 billion dollars. As a result Trumps turned the issue over to Congress and gave them 6 months to come up with a legislative fix for the program.

The Dreamers are not what’s wrong with our communities. They are not “poison.” Out of all DACA participants, according to historian Keith Hughes, 95 percent are going to school or have jobs, 63 percent got better working conditions, and 12 percent bought a home for the first time. It seems as though these Dreamers are bettering their communities. They may have not choose to come to America but they stay to better their life. For some DACA participants America is all they know.

Once the Dreamers and their supporters found out about the ending of DACA they came together to rally and protest. People from all over America showed their love and support through social media. Mark Zuckerberg, a computer programmer and the founder of Facebook, used his app Facebook Live to go live and talk about this topic.   

“To offer the American Dream to people, then take it away and punish people for trusting their government and coming out of the shadows …is one of the most trouble things I think I’ve seen in a long time in our country,” Zuckerberg said.