Letter: Keep the DACA program

The Trump administration is trying to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), but I believe it should be kept.

In Iowa, there are approximately 2,780 DACA recipients, but my question is: How does the elimination of this program affect our state?

This program protects eligible children of immigrants brought to the United States by their parents from deportation and grants them a work permit. To be a recipient you must meet certain age and status requirements, you also must be in school, have graduated with a GED, or have been in the Coast Guard or military. These people are working jobs or going through while paying taxes like the rest of us, just without a citizenship. According to the Des Moines Register on Sept. 6, “The decision to phase out DACA would affect Iowa’s economy, residents, families, educational institutions, state agencies, and businesses.” Ending the program would not only affect Iowa, but the entire nation, as there are nearly 800,000 DACA recipients nationwide.

Written in the Washington Post, it says that maintaining DACA boosts our economy in the U.S., especially in states with high immigration numbers. This article claims that these “Dreamers” as they’re called, are hard working people, many of them are among the first to go to college in their families. They represent the true American spirit. They’re working hard to better themselves and this country, the same one that is trying to be rid of them. Do the right thing, defend DACA.

Raina Henze


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