The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act or DACA is a policy that was established so that families, and children of families of immigrants can work and go to school in the U.S by the Obama Administration. Students who are “protected” by this policy are called Dreamers, and there are approximately 800,000 children enrolled. According the the Washington post, the number of applicants who were denied have almost doubled since Trump has come into office. This article states that the numbers have decreased based on stricter qualifications and more in depth background checks. Families who apply may not have any felony history and immigration history is traced. Authors state that poverty has gone down for the students and their families who are under the DACA. Several states have sued over this policy.
This is a difficult topic. I feel that the U.S. lacks the appropriate funds and resources at many schools for U.S. citizens, let alone students from other countries. This act allows students to become educated and work, but does it provide extra funding for the schools and the schools they are enrolled in? I believe having a stricter background check is good, but taking the program away completely is not sending a good message to the Hispanic community in America. There are already racial tensions in all directions. We should be embracing differences, especially in the classroom.The biggest problem to me, is the funding and not the students. If the school system had the resources they needed, including more teachers, this would not be an issue.