Gabbi GabehartProfessor ElliotEnglish 130111 December 2017Why Dreamers Should be ProtectedWhen you think of an illegal immigrant you may think of a criminal with no morals coming to this country with their only purpose to cause havoc to the American people. If this were to be the perception of all immigrants to ever come to the United States we could not be the country we are today. America is a land of opportunity where people of all walks and backgrounds of life come to make a better life for themselves. Without immigrants the United States would not exist. Personally, I would not be here today if my mother did not work her way from Mexico as a young girl to build a better life for herself here in America. She came here with very little, found a job, built herself a life, earned multiple college degrees, got married, had children, and is now living the American Dream…. From illegal immigrant to assistant elementary school principal. It is definitely not fair to say that all immigrants are “bad hombres”, as the American president, Donald Trump once said. The negative connotations that go along with “illegal immigrant” are never anything but bad. The media shines the spotlights on the crimes and awful things some immigrants have done in the past, but never care to include amazing achievements immigrants have made. In fact, Donald Trump’s grandfather, Frederick Trump, immigrated here at 16 with the same dream as these dreamers have today; prosper and live The American Dream, to build a better life for themselves and their families. According the the New York Times, “In September 2017 Trump decided to end DACA as early as March 2018. Officials said some of the 800,000 young adults brought to the United States illegally as children who qualify for the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), will become eligible for deportation. The five-year-old policy allows them to remain without fear of immediate removal from the country and gives them the right to work legally.” (Michael D. Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis. “Trump Moves to End DACA and Calls on Congress to Act.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 5 Sept. 2017) These dreamers were brought here as children and have been living here for a majority of their lives. They were attending school and working under the protection of DACA. A recipient, Juan de la Rosa a college student entering his last semester at Virginia Tech, tells his story to NPR. He came here to the United States as a young boy and went through his educations without fear of being deported until recently when he was made aware that DACA will be cancelled March 2018. He isn’t scared for himself but scared for his parents and siblings safety and security. De la Rosa said in his interview, “We have to be able to see undocumented individuals not by their status, but by the contributions that they’ve been willing to make to this country.” (Shapiro, Ari. “DREAMer Reacts To Trump’s Decision To End DACA Program.” NPR, NPR, 5 Sept. 2017) This is should be taken on the highest accounts by Congress when they are left to act on a new deal, if they are to create a new deal, for all the DACA recipients that will not be protected after March. If Congress acts before March, countless young futures could be spared. As of now, according to the LA Times, “The administration will renew two-year work permits as they expire but will stop accepting new applications. The program will not be fully phased out until March 2020, and that tossing the issue to Congress could create a serious split among Republican lawmakers. However, Trump has decided to leave this to Congress to figure out a plan. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said, “It is my hope that the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution that includes ensuring that those who have done nothing wrong can still contribute as a valued part of this great country,” (Simmons, Ann M. “DACA Live Updates: Trump Defends Efforts to Help ‘Dreamers,’ Says Deal with Democrats Isn’t Final Yet) This gives hope to DACA affected individuals. However, LA Times additionally writes, “DACA never promised the rights of citizenship or legal status in this country. And for that reason, DACA was fundamentally a lie that left recipients in two-year cycles of uncertainty. If congress is not to act before the deadline nearly 300,000 could lose their status in 2018, and more than 320,000 could lose their status from January to August 2019. More than 200,000 recipients have their DACA expiring in the window that DHS will allow renewal.” (Shoichet, Catherine E., and Tal Kopan. “DACA, Dreamers Explained.” CNN, Cable News Network, 26 Oct. 2017) If I were in Congress’s position I would want to have all these young dreamers stay and keep contributing to this country. However, I know it is not as easy as it sound because resources are limited, but we do need to show love and compassion for those in fear of deportation. A solution would be to grant all undocumented immigrants citizenship if they can continue to live in the United States for an additional year to prove to Customs that they have what it takes to be a hardworking and deserving U.S Citizen. Those who show diligent work should be allowed to stay in the United States with full citizenship. But, those who fail to exemplify hard work should be deported because it shows lack of desire to become a citizen, and they don’t deserve to become a citizen of The United States of America. This test will weed out the undeserving individuals leaving no worries that the new citizens will be “bad hombres.” This solution, like all solutions will be flawed, but one mediocre solution is much better than what congress has right now- no solution. In conclusion, The Dreamers of America should all be protected at all costs because they all deserve a chance to make a better life for themselves and not live in fear of being deported. Without these dreamers America couldn’t be America. The dreamers are apart of our future and contribute so much to our country. It would be such a shame if DACA were to be permanently ceased and no other young child brought to America could ever get the opportunity they can get in this country opposed to the country they came from. Immigrants have contributed entirely to America, a land of immigrants. We once thrived on the success of immigrants, so who is the President to say the thriving must stop now?