In case you weren’t aware, this morning the Trump Administration officially announced the plan to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This program gives protection to almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came the the United States as a child from being deported. DACA was enacted in 2012 under the Obama Administration, and has since allowed thousands of people to obtain an education, pursue careers, and have a family. The individuals who receive protection from DACA are known as “dreamers” and many of them have only ever considered the United States to be home.
The Trump Administration states that ending the program was the “least disruptive” option due to the fact that several conservative state attorneys general threatened to go to court and challenge the program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke on the program’s termination and how enforcing immigration laws saves lives. Jeff Sessions stated, “failure to enforce the laws in the past has put our nation at risk of crime, violence and even terrorism.” Those who oppose DACA do so because they believe it is unconstitutional. Regardless, many individuals and families will be affected by the termination of DACA.
DACA will still be in effect for the next 6 months, which gives Congress an opportunity to propose a bill that will save DACA from ending. However, for now March 5th is set as the last day dreamers will receive DACA protection and benefits.
Whether one is in support of DACA or not, everyone has some type of opinion. As a social worker, I have certain ethical responsibilities to abide by. One of the ethical prinicples in social work is to challenge social justice. The NASW Code of Ethics states, “Social workers pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people.” The NASW also issued a statement in support of DACA.
Those who are under protection of DACA are a vulnerable group of people that we should advocate for.
Sometimes you have to stand up for what is right, and what is right may not always be legal. I’m not saying to go do anything crazy, but be advocate, a voice, and a ally.
Since DACA is set to be terminated, now is the time to offer support to those at risk of losing protection. This could potentially uproot thousands of lives.
This is my two cents. I support dreamers and the DACA program. I am a social worker who is striving to progress social justice.
Where do you stand?
As always, GO BULLS