Ray Corona was nine years old when he came to America. He went through public education already feeling the preconceived ramifications of his his status. What’s the point of doing well in school if you can’t work or get scholarships?
After squirming his way through America’s systemic bottleneck with the help of mentors urging him to push forward, Corona made it to college. But when he graduated, the government decided yet again to illegitimate and limit his existence.
It has been rumored since Thursday that President Donald Trump planned to remove Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and now what many nonprofits and undocumented people feared has become true.
The Department of Homeland Security said it will stop processing first-time applicants for DACA today. But DACA recipients, or Dreamers, who would’ve otherwise renewed their status over the next six months still can, but have to apply by Oct. 5.
When it comes to the UW campus, however, UW President Ana Mari Cauce — whose parents were immigrants — made it clear where the UW stands in her press release today.
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After a week of worry by activists and organizations who first caught wind of the nightmare last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this morning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) will be rescinded.
President Donald Trump announced Friday morning that he “loves Dreamers” and will make a decision on keeping or phasing out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by Tuesday, Sept. 5. White House officials warn, however, that his mind could change in favor or against at any moment.
Trump sits between a rock and a hard place as 10 states are threatening to bring DACA to the Supreme Court, in which case the Trump administration would have to defend it. The president’s platform, however, was built off of slashing Obama-era policies (including DACA), keeping immigrants out, expanding policing and building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. Trump has yet to fulfill any of these promises besides increased policing by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He also green-lighted additional military equipment to police departments.
While Fox News initially reported President Donald Trump’s plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by Friday, South Seattle Emerald has confirmed the impending action with inside sources across various immigration organizations, nonprofits, and their networks.
Joaquin Uy with Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs said three scenarios could most likely play out. Trump could stop DACA recipients but allow those who currently have it to maintain their status indefinitely. Another route the federal government could take is a widespread wipeout of everyone’s DACA, forcing people to return to full undocumented status. This means people will be unable to work, receive scholarships for education, and be on PTSD-level constant alert for deportation.
The third scenario? A hybrid of the two. This option would involve retaining DACA only for earlier applicants but removing it for those who were granted the status within the past year. Again, these are theories, but sources speaking to the Emerald with inside knowledge of the matter say Trump is likely to take action along one of these lines.
We hosted an immigration panel on last week featuring professionals working to protect the rights of (un)documented immigrants. Together, we broke down what journalists can improve on when it comes to marginalized voices.
[The Northwest Immigrants Rights Project has a hotline specifically for potential sightings of ICE. This group then sends people to check it out, and has a team dedicated to this task; relieving other organizations from the stress of doing more than they were intended to do. Call 844-RAID-REP if you think you’re seeing ICE do something.]
“I am not going to give in to identity politics, we deserve respect because we’re humans” [Hodan] Mohamed said. “Trump’s islamophobic, anti-Black platform is not out of left field, it’s a core American value. It comes from a nation that has not outlawed the KKK but calls the Black Lives Matter movement a terrorist group.”