Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Janny Oh, Backpage Editor

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My parents were born in Seoul, Korea. They moved to the United States and I was born in Irvine California. I have never stepped foot into the land my parents were born in. I have never attended a Korean school. I have never slept under the stars of Korea. My life is here.

Today I’m able to pursue success in my education and extracurricular activities. Led by a passion for writing, art and music, I’m able to take strides towards bigger and better education.

Somewhere in the United States, another girl shares my same story. However, she had the chance to experience birth in the same foreign country her parents were born.
If she has spent her early years in a foreign country, her many years spent in the USA changes nothing about her status as an illegal immigrant. Although she did not choose to come to the United States, she is still eligible for deportation.

Deportation at an age where she can barely comprehend two languages, the one her parents know and the one her peers speak. An age where she does not understand her birth land, let alone how to cope if she is to be deported.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an administrative relief from deportation for young immigrants who came to the United States as children. DACA also gives young undocumented immigrants work permits.
To be eligible for DACA, one must be under 31 years old as of June 15, 2012, and have arrived in the United States before their sixteenth birthday. To be protected by DACA, one must have school experience or technical and trade school completion. If one has been convicted of a felony or more than three misdemeanors of any kind, he/she is not eligible for DACA.

On September 5, President Trump ordered an end to the Obama-era program. He called it an “amnesty-first approach” and urged Congress to create a replacement before he begins phasing out the program within six months. As of March, officials say, some of the 800,000 individuals who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals will be eligible for deportation.

“Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us,” states Barack Obama on Facebook.

“It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it. This is a sad day for our country,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder of social media company Facebook.

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