My mom and I came to the United States in the most legal sense. Meaning my mom was engaged to an American citizen, we came to the United States, they were married and we filed for citizenship right away. This happened in 2002, we didn’t become legal citizens until September 11, 2008. Despite the fact it took a long time, we now live in the United States and are lucky to be citizens. However, many people still don’t have that luck and with the recent decision by President Trump they’ll never have the chance.
As many people know, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will be revoked. DACA, in the simplest sense, is to help undocumented immigrants who came to America as children stay in the country and build their lives. The rules are incredibly specific for those who apply for it. For example, applicants must have been under the age of 31 before June 15, 2012, came to the United States before their 16th birthday, have resided in the U.S. since June 2007 and many more. A full list of requirements can be found on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
With the list of requirements, there are already lots of undocumented immigrants who are disqualified — this is unfair. As someone who came to this country “legally” I should be supportive of the fact thousands of undocumented immigrants who came here “illegally” are being deported.
I am completely against what’s happening to this country right now. The people who are under DACA, often referred to as “dreamers,” came to this country as children. Coming here as a child, you don’t have a choice. You usually follow what your parents, or any adult, tell you to do because you don’t have a clear understanding of what’s right and wrong. I relate to this, because I was seven years old when my mom told me we were going to the United States. Since I was a child, I had to follow my mom and besides there was no real reason tying me to the Philippines.
The fact they are punishing people who were told to get on a plane, boat or other forms of transportation in search for a better life is inhumane and this country shouldn’t stand for it.
The U.S. brags about how they care about the children of this country, yet they are forcing children of this country to leave. Regardless of the fact dreamers weren’t born in this country, they grew up and adopted this country’s culture. They worked for this country, attended school in this country, they pay taxes for this country and no matter how anyone else defines them they are citizens of this country.
Dreamers do as much as any American citizen, if not more than those who were actually born in this nation. They worked hard to prove they belong in this country. It’s unfair and illogical to deport them just for the fact they didn’t have a choice in going to a country hundreds of miles away from their original home because someone told them their lives would be better.
America is the land of the free and everyone wants to achieve the American dream. We’re a nation built on immigrants. If people hadn’t escaped to this country, we wouldn’t have all the progress that this nation has today. One of my favorite quotes, which was used to parody Trump’s apparel, is “immigrants make America great again,” and I stand by this statement as an immigrant and American citizen.