If president-elect Donald Trump said he'd do away with programs that benefit immigrants then "bad hombres" in this country will be gone — at least he said so in an interview with "60 Minutes" post-election. But what about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President Obama launched in 2012?
DACA allows children of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States for work and educational purposes. As of March 2014, 673,417 people have applied to the program and 553,197 had been approved. Between June 2014 (when U.S. immigration announced the process for DACA renewal) and March 31, 2015, 355,805 DACA recipients submitted their renewal applications. But with Trump taking office, hundreds of thousands of people are anxiously waiting and wondering what will become of them.
On Nov. 14, President Obama addressed this vital immigrant issue during a meeting with the press.
"I will urge the president-elect and the upcoming administration to think long and hard before they are endangering the status of what for all practical purposes are American kids," Obama said. "These are kids, who were brought here by their parents, they did nothing wrong. They’ve pledged allegiance to the flag."
Obama added: "It is my strong belief that the majority of the American people would not want to see suddenly those kids have to start hiding again, and that’s something that I will encourage the president-elect to look at."
People that have benefited from DACA took to Twitter to address how this program has changed their life and why they cannot afford to have these rights taken away from them. This is why #WithDACA matters, and why Trump's personal anti-Latino and racist views shouldn't interfere with people's civil rights.