Dreamers Share Fear and Anxiety as Trump Weighs Ending DACA
An estimated 800,000 people benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
As President Trump considers ending an Obama-era program that protects undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children from deportation, those affected by the decision are turning to social media to express fear and anxiety.
“DACA literally changed my life,” Ilka Eren, who came to the U.S. from Turkey with her parents as a child, told the Huffington Post. “I really don’t know where I would be without it.”
.@Judgenap: Every president since Reagan has said hands off Dreamers. But Obama put it in writing with DACA, and that can be invalidated. pic.twitter.com/FflwPqFCnT
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) September 5, 2017
An estimated 800,000 people, known as “dreamers,” benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Juan Escalante, a Venezuela-born dreamer who earned his master’s degree from Florida State University, took to Twitter to express how exhausting the uncertainty about the future is.
“The thought that you would be STRIPPED off your DACA status is not just traumatizing, it’s dehumanizing and exhausting,” Escalante tweeted over the weekend. “Being deported means going back to Venezuela – country under significant economic and political turmoil. What does it mean for others?”
2. We keep wondering about our futures.
What will happen to:
– our car leases
– student loans
— Juan Escalante (@JuanSaaa) September 4, 2017
Politico first reported that President Trump is ending DACA, but that won’t become official until an announcement is made, according to NBC News. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is expected to make the official announcement on Tuesday.
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