?Krystel KuhnleEnglish 156 (5-7)
What happened to the “American Dream”? James Truslow Adams coined the “American Dream” his American dream is ” that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability of achievement. It is not a dream of moto cars or high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to obtain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.” The American Dream is something that countless people look for or aim to achieve especially if they are from a country of lesser opportunity. Some people want it so bad they go through illegal measures to obtain it. In 2012 President Obama understood these individuals and families and from there D.A.C.A was born. The individuals who received it are referred to as “Dreamers.”
The D.A.C.A/Dreamers program is giving the children of immigrants, the minors who had no choice but to follow their parents, a chance to receive a renewable two year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Not all would be eligible due to certain criteria that had to be met. According to the MPR News 97% of “Dreamers” are in school or the workforce. Newsweek states that 72% of “Dreamers” are in higher education. One specific requirement of becoming a “Dreamer” is that you can not have any felonies. Our current President Donald Trumps recent announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals Initiative within six months has triggered a national debate on what should happen next. President Donald Trump started showing how he felt about immigration on June 16th 2015 when he kicked off his campaign with a vow to “immediately terminate” Obamas executive order on immigration if he was elected. Since then he has gone back and forth on his statements about immigration leaving “Dreamers” in constant worry. I say eliminating D.A.C.A would be targeting the wrong people.
Individuals protected under D.A.C.A are contributing to the American society and economy. To take away what we promised to them would be morally wrong. We are the ones who invited these individuals out of the shadows to trust us. I say if everyone stops and thinks for a minute every U.S. Citizen is ultimately descended from someone who took the risk to walk across bridges, run across the desert, or swim to find their way here. Some immigrants have no connection to their home country. Many of whom don’t speak their native language. p