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Is this the beginning of the end for DACA?

Carlos Esteban, 31, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a nursing student and recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, rallies with others in support of DACA outside of the White House Tuesday. Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press.

Carlos Esteban, 31, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a nursing student and recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, rallies with others in support of DACA outside of the White House Tuesday. Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press.



Carlos Esteban, 31, of Woodbridge, Virginia, a nursing student and recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA, rallies with others in support of DACA outside of the White House Tuesday. Photo by Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press.

James Rudolph, Opinions Editor

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The past week has shown the impending doom that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program faces. On Twitter President Donald Trump went on a tirade on immigration, specifically calling for an end to the DACA program, while blaming Democrats for delaying a new plan to be made.

Despite Trump ending the program on Sept. 7, federal courts have denied Trump from rescinding the program. However, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that DACA recipients are ineligible to receive in-state tuition to Arizona colleges, a huge blow to over 2,000 recipients of the DACA program in Arizona public colleges. Congress, already past the original deadline of March 5, faces immense pressure to make a decision about DACA.

The DACA program was put into place by former President Barack Obama in 2012 under executive orders. The immigration policy protected people who entered the country illegally as children by offering a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility to obtain a work permit in the United States. Under this program over 800,000 children were protected and earned work visas. Now that President Trump has ended the program, Congress will decide their fate.

Trump attacked Democrats and DACA on April 1, by tweeting, “Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch and Release. Getting more dangerous. ‘Caravans’ coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!”

He attacked NAFTA in his next tweet, but he mentioned DACA again when his following tweet read, “These big flows of people are all trying to take advantage of DACA. They want in on the act!”

The next day, in another tweet, he declared, “DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon…No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!”

Congress, returning from a two-week recess, has made no efforts in resolving the issue, or establishing a clear agenda. Most experts believe that the federal courts will eventually allow Trump to rescind the program. This will allow legal action to be placed on the DACA recipients, who face losing their jobs and deportation.

Meanwhile, one state passed a low that serves as a huge setback for the state’s DACA recipients. The 7-0 ruling in the Arizona Supreme Court on Monday ended in-state tuition for DACA recipients. This triples the rates for some of these schools, like Arizona State University, which offers in-state tuition at $10, 792, but out-of-state at $27,371.

The Associated Press estimated that four-year universities will charge DACA students that graduated from high schools in Arizona 150 percent of the in-state tuition. DACA students in Arizona are also ineligible for federal or state financial aid. This follows the state of Missouri’s move to continue its ban on in-state tuition for DACA recipients in a 104-37 vote decision.

Arizona and Missouri have joined Georgia and Indiana in prohibiting in-state tuition for DACA recipients, while Alabama and South Carolina banned them from attending any public postsecondary institution.

While the country awaits Congress to make an official decision, the DACA program’s collapse is apparent. Despite the effort of the federal courts, states’ legislative decisions are already removing aid that these DACA recipients need.

With Democratic influence already weak as it is, what will be the future of the DACA program and the people who relied on this program?

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James Rudolph, News Editor
James Rudolph is originally from Pittsburgh and graduated from Central Catholic High School in 2011. From there, he went to Temple University and studied Neuropsychology for a year. He moved to Clearwater Beach, Florida and helped open his father’s tennis supply store. He returned to Pennsylvania in 2015 and began a career at California University of...

4 Responses to “Is this the beginning of the end for DACA?”

  1. MICHELE on April 11th, 2018 7:16 pm

    When will politicians learn that when you reward illegal immigration with jobs, drivers licenses, discounts in college tuition, scholarships encourages illegal entry. DACA recipients care about one thing, themselves. They have used billions of taxpayer dollars, American citizens have been victimized by the thousands by illegal aliens. But what matters to illegal aliens is getting as much as they can from any benefits they can get.

    Remember these “immigrants” have cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and could care less. There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens dont have or will be in competition for. There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college. So when you hear of the contributions by illegal aliens paying taxes. Remember that also is at a cost in jobs citizens should have.

    Just some of the costs associated with illegal immigration, we will pass this burden on to our children as has been passed on to us. We’ve been paying this for decades.

    *The CBO (congressional budget office) estimates it will cost American taxpayers 26 billion over the next 10 years if 1.8 million re legalized.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This does not include the billions spent on bilingual education for illegal aliens.

    *Currently city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

    *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal PrisonU do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps) WIC, & free school lunches.All can be found on google.

  2. MICHELE on April 11th, 2018 7:20 pm

    Students don’t depend on faculty to give you the answers. They will use you for their own ideology.

  3. Johnny be Good on April 30th, 2018 10:27 pm

    I totally agree with you michelle. I find it disgusting that american college students are racked with outrageous debt for college and then we watch illegal aliens get a free education. It’s time for america to value it’s sovereignty and start looking out for the taxpayer instead of using it to fund uselessness, such as defending people who are not even citizens of this country.

  4. moij on July 18th, 2018 3:35 am

    Is this the beginning of the end for DACA is very good news very nice climates and information i agree with you Michelle share to wher my articles published..

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