Most people I know, conservative or liberal, are unfamiliar with the details of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals. DACA was established by President Obama to protect individuals from being deported who were brought here from other countries when they were children.
Here are the requirements for an individual to qualify for DACA:
1. Must have been brought here before their 16th birthday.
2. Must be under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012.
3. Must have lived in the U.S. since June 15, 2007.
4. Must be in school, have a diploma or GED, or be a veteran.
5. Must have no history of felonies or significant misdemeanor convictions.
6. Must be deemed not a threat to national security or public safety.
All DACA members have registered with the United States government. They have provided their legal names, addresses and phone numbers. In addition, members are also required to re-register every two years and pay our government $495 each time they re-register. As of 2017, these registration fees have added $400 million to our federal income.
DACA members, known as Dreamers, have also contributed $12 billion to the Social Security trust fund and $11.64 billion to federal, state and local taxes annually. There are nearly 800,000 Dreamers; 91 percent are employed and some have managed to afford college and acquire degrees in science and business.
On Sept. 5, President Trump ended the DACA program. Every Dreamer will be eligible to be deported. As noted above, each Dreamer has provided their name and address to our government. Obviously the agents who have the job of deporting Dreamers won't have any trouble finding them. A question: If, through no fault of your own, you suddenly found yourself waiting for someone to knock on your door, remove you from your home, and deport you to another country, separating you from your family, how would you feel?
A.J. Marshall, Tehachapi