Trump’s administration is ignoring the willingness of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to legally attain the American dream.

In his campaign against DACA, President Trump has broken the trust built by the previous government’s administration.

Former President Barack Obama enacted the DACA in order to protect unauthorized immigrants who came to the United States before age sixteen.

DACA recipients paid a fee and provided their personal information to the government in hopes of being legally acknowledged by the United States.

Jose Antonio Vargas from the New York Times wrote “Applicants paid a $465 fee for processing and gave all their contact information (name, address, phone number) to the government they had grown up fearing. In effect, the Obama administration said, Trust us.”

Trusting the Obama administration through the DACA allowed young adults, who were brought to the United States illegally as children, to remain without fear of immediate removal from the country. It gave them the right to work legally.

According to Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis from the New York Times President Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era program that shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. He dubbed it the “amnesty-first approach.” By March 2018 the DACA recipients “will become eligible for deportation.”

Shear and Hirschfeld also wrote “Mr. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced the change at the Justice Department, both used the aggrieved language of anti-immigrant activists, arguing that those in the country illegally are lawbreakers who hurt native-born Americans by usurping their jobs and pushing down wages.”

Trump and Sessions rhetoric states that the DACA recipients are criminals who are responsible for low wages.

However, in the guidelines stipulated by the Department of Homeland Security, the DACA recipients must currently be in school or have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States.

In Individuals states, namely California, other government officials have taken matters into their own hands. State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the rescindment of the DACA.

Patrick McGreevy from the Los Angeles times reports “State Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said he decided to file a suit separate from legal actions by fifteen other states, the University of California and civil rights activists because California and its economy will be hurt the most by the president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.”

Thousands of Californians are recipients of DACA. Rescinding DACA disrupts the lives of theses individuals who trusted the government. To rescind DACA also unsettles California.

State Attorney General Becerra shows that there are individuals still willing to support the illegal immigrants hope of the American dream.

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