An estimated 80 DSU students at risk of losing DACA status
Nearly 800,000 immigrants who entered the country illegally are in jeopardy of losing their amnesty status, after President Donald Trump decided Tuesday to reverse a program protecting them.
The program - Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - was established by President Barack Obama in 2012. DACA supports children, known as Dreamers, who were brought into the country illegally from getting deported, and provides them with a Social Security card and driver’s license.
Delaware State University had 34 Dreamers for the 2016-17 school year and is set for around 80 for 2017-18.
Dreamer Fernando Morales, a sophomore at DSU, said it's unfair how he and fellow DACA recipients aren't American citizens, yet they demonstrate better values than some who were born in this country.
“We’re treated more rough than those people who treat others without respect,” he said. “Yet, they’re citizens and there’s nothing done about that. But we’re seen as criminals.”
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) recognized Morales' point. But at the end of the day, “a DACA recipient is not an American citizen,” Harris said. “It’s a matter of law, not a matter of philosophy.”
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) disagrees with the Trump administration's plan to end DACA.
“President Trump’s decision to turn his back on Dreamers is a short-sighted, self-inflicted wound on our communities and our economy. I urge him to reconsider this senseless and downright cruel decision. It’s clear that many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle know that this is the wrong thing to do, and it’s up to us in Congress to do right by these young people.”
A few weeks ago, attorney generals from 10 states threatened to sue the Trump administration if he didn't stop granting or renewing DACA status by Tuesday.
Trump's plan to end DACA sends a mixed message. Earlier this year, the president suggested DACA recipients shouldn’t be concerned about getting targeted for deportation, since, he said, he has a “big heart.”
Considering Trump promised to take away DACA during his presidential campaign, there have been concerns since then that the removal of DACA would have a negative impact on the economy.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), four other senators and 10 House members signed a letter in support of keeping DACA, prior to Tuesday.
“Dreamers have been a boon to our economy," the letter said. "Deporting them would cost $60 billion and would result in a $280 billion loss in economic growth over the next decade."