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The other side of DACA


The emotional appeal of DACA and the Dreamers’ stories has impacted many in the United States. However, many continue to overlook the reasoning behind wanting to get rid of DACA.

DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, encourages illegal immigration, which, at the end of the day, no matter how much it pulls on the heart strings, is a problem we need to solve. If we continue to have relief programs such as DACA or sanctuary cities, the problems will never resolve. Laws exist for a multitude of reasons, and ways to immigrate legally have always existed.

Does it sadden us that many young adults would have to go back to a country they do not remember? Absolutely, but that fault does not rest on the American government. That fault arises in the lives of those who brought them here.

Many probably think those who want DACA to end seem racist, but that is not the case. We want people from all over the world to come to America legally. Illegal immigration, however, has no standing in America. Most conservatives or those who disagree with DACA, sanctuary cities, etc. do not care if people from around the world come and want to share in our liberties, so long as they do so legally.

We live in an amazing country, and I am proud to live here. But I am also proud to have a constitutional government—a government that does not appeal to the emotions when something prevails with un-constitutionalism. If our government began putting Dreamers on a fast track to citizenship, most would have no problem with that, but those circumstances have not yet occurred.

DACA recipients live illegal lives out in the open without any repercussions. I say if you truly want to reap the benefits of the American society and government, why not actually take part in our society? I hold an unpopular opinion to not stand by illegal immigrants, but conservatives around the U.S. understand why living lawfully remains so important. Those who do not follow the law do not deserve to live here.

I do not blame Dreamers for their circumstance, and they cannot blame the government or conservatives for wanting America to remain constitutional. Many of the Dreamers will have to face hard decisions and harder circumstances in the coming months, and those heartbreaking qualities prevail. However, Americans, at some point, have to crack down and stop lackadaisical actions concerning the immigration department.

Maybe America should get rid of DACA completely. Maybe America should add a time stamp to receive citizenship, or something similar. Either way, we have to start making changes for the betterment of America.

-Kaitlin Evans is a journalism sophomore


  1. What the taxpayers have paid because of illegal immigration is the real crime.What I find most interesting is the all out BLITZ by the Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for
    illegal aliens? yes they put a warm and fuzzy name on it “Dreamers.” and no one seem to wonder why? future voters? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested or motivated in issues involving citizens! There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.

    The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years now.) This is
    another falsehood told to the American people. Democrats have actually changed the language. It’s not illegal alien its “Immigrant.” (like the lie there just ‘Kids”) there not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.

    Why must the citizens have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes. The GOAL, motivation (Democrats just haven’t figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It’s not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate
    citizens from other country’s.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the expense of illegal aliens. There is also an incredible public safety issues.

    “Some” of the costs of illegal immigration.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien. That is not even counting the FREE school lunches every day for 13 years.

    *Now 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 Prison—U 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 food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

  2. Undocumented immigrant with any criminal record should be deported , but those without criminal record should be provided with a path to legalization instead of deportation . Deportation creates tragedy and tear apart families . US is a compassionate country.

    I don’t support illegal immigration as well . I think Congress should pass DREAM Act and enhance border security, pass E-verify and strict enforcement to prevent future illegal immigration.

    I don’t like author’s radical view on this matter, it’s against American value . It’s disgusting.

    Dreamers are not trying to blame the US government . They are begging for a chance .

  3. While I agree with the majority of what you said, your statement, “Does it sadden us that many young adults would have to go back to a country they do not remember? Absolutely, but that fault does not rest on the American government.”, is where you are wrong.

    Us dreamers should not feel entitled to anything, because laws were broken, I get it and agree. Myself and, I hope, the rest of the dreamers are grateful that Congress is even discussing a solution for us in the first place.

    However there is some fault that does indeed rest on the government and that is because DACA was implemented for 6 years, unconstitutionally [no argument, here it was unconstitutional however I would love to hear your opinions on other executive orders from previous presidents (or how about Trump) because I am willing to bet you can’t name many previous ones].

    Recipients who grew up not knowing about their status and doing everything they were told to do (behave, get good grades, get into a good college, get a great job) were given protection by the government because IT IS INHUMANE to put them at fault for something their parents did. We were allowed to establish our lives, graduate college, start families, get mortgages, get a car, invest our money into the market, pretty much live the American dream in the only country we’ve known since we were as young as babies. Children DON’T choose to let their visas expire or to cross the border. You certainly would not want a child in any other circumstance to be punished for something their parents did, but I am wondering if this one is different because we are colored. I’d really hope not because I detest the race card. I worked hard for everything I have earned and to use race as an excuse is just ridiculous. However nowadays, unbelievably and unfortunately, racism seems to still be alive and kicking.

    I am not asking to fix to all 11 million people, I am asking for some empathy AND common decency for us who had no control over any of this. I like to be as logical as I can be, I do not have much of a defense for the people that crossed as adults, which many of them include our parents. Many people in the US have never had to worry about survival, which is awesome, but that is the reason a lot of those individuals did come here. This is very sad, but you are right America isn’t responsible for this [could argue a bit they had a hand in it but I could care less, not important to this point]. Those adults have to live with the consequences of their decisions, and that is the reality of that. It is what it is. Don’t punish the children though.

    You’re proud to have a constitutional government? Alright, I am not so sure you have said much about Trump’s many executive orders since he has taken office…just this one though right? Look I agree the illegal immigration problem has to be stopped and we have to prevent it from happening again, I am not for illegal immigration, I am just one of the victims of it (hate typing that I am victim of anything but unfortunately I had no control over this).

    I am not leaving my real email address, because unfortunately being a Dreamer is something that, even though I am protected for now, makes me remain out of the public eye. You won’t find me at a protest, or waving any foreign flags, because I feel I am at the mercy of the government. I would love to see you respond to this in another opinion post because I want to know your thoughts on this. I do not think people truly understand and there are many hypocrites, why is their opinions okay but not those for relief for Dreamers? I hope I did not come off in an attacking vibe, I am just simply, mentally and physically, worn out beyond belief. I carry my family on my back because of their actions, I have excelled all my life above my peers, I have given back to my country the United States of America, and to have people say I am not American is the most infuriating thing ever.

    The government hasn’t been great for many presidencies, so to act like it’s great and that you are proud of it only when it happens to be with these specific topics and not the other questionable stuff makes me wonder…I am an American, and I am proud to be that. No one can take that away from me.

  4. Interesting how U.S. citizens don’t do their research on how the citizenship and immigration system works, yet still spew out inaccurate ‘articles.’ Very interesting. I thought journalists were supposed to do their research beforehand? Guess not…


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