By Emily, Class of 2024
I believe DACA should be extended and the Dreamers need to be protected. How would you feel if you had to go through what they do every day? Each and every one of them probably feel like a deer standing on the road. They wait day after day hoping that the day will never come when life and reality crashes into them. The reality that they will have to be deported.
Dreamers come to America against their own will all the time. These children have no choice but to adapt to living as an illegal, undocumented immigrant. Yet, we are not willing to sacrifice a few resources and future jobs for them? As a matter of fact, research has shown that there is no connection between immigrant labor and unemployment rates of native-born workers. Although I do not feel that DACA should expand to protecting more than just the Dreamers, I also do not feel that DACA should cease to exist. It is an important step for Dreamers to use to become a legal part of our society.
Many people falsely think that immigrants are not willing to learn English-our language. Contrary to this idea, immigrants must learn to speak, read, and write English before they can become naturalized. Many immigrants have already become naturalized, showing their dedication to this country and their devotion to become part of our English-speaking society. In addition, the Dreamers have the dedication to learn English, too. As for the Dreamers, if they want to stay in a country, get a job, and become legalized, they would have to learn English. This would give them more than enough motivation to learn the language.
Another false idea is that immigrants don’t pay taxes. However, they pay taxes every time they buy taxable goods like gas, clothes, and/or new appliances. They also pay property taxes when they when they rent or buy a house or apartment. This helps support schools and is a major source of funding for them. Undocumented immigrants even pay for benefits they will never have every year and support our economy. Therefore, they don’t even burden our nation’s economy. DACA supports these undocumented immigrants who have been patronized and disrespected for things they haven’t done (like not paying taxes).
As you can see, DACA supports good children/people who desperately need our help. It is not their fault that they were brought here illegally, and they shouldn’t be held responsible for what they had no say in. Immigrants are a part of our country whether they are legal or not, and they should have the chance to change and live better lives as U.S. citizens. Some illegal immigrants could be refugees who don’t have the choice to go back to their own countries. If they did, they could be killed. Others might just need a better, safer environment to grow and live in. That’s why I think we Americans, we U.S citizens, should provide these Dreamers with some hospitality in their time of need.
Dr. Cook Note: Emily’s writing appeared in the Student Voices section of The Daily Times on Friday, March 16, 2018.