DACA Deadline Passes with Silence


Staff Illustrator Elijah Collins

Author: Genesis Tejada-Peralta

Staff Illustrator Elijah Collins

Six months ago Trump made one of the most controversial decisions in his presidency yet. After six years, DACA would be coming to an end. DACA, which stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protected undocumented immigrants who were brought into the United States illegally when they were children. DACA granted those children authorization to work in the US and protection against deportation. In September 2017, Trump announced that DACA would be coming to an end and that he would be putting a six month delay on the process in order to give Congress a chance to come up with a legislative solution to replace the program.

Now the March 5th deadline has passed and many are left asking what now? The actions or rather the inactions of congress has left thousands worried. More than 800,000 people who are protected under DACA are now uncertain about what will happen to them. Trump blames this on Congress and their inability to come together and come up with an effective solution. On the day of the deadline Trump took to twitter to share his opinion on who he feels is to blame. “It’s March 5th and the Democrats are nowhere to be found on DACA. Gave them 6 months, they just don’t care. Where are they? We are ready to make a deal!” Who is to blame? Congress for their lack of action in the past six months, or Trump for pulling the plug on the program in the first place. More importantly, what will happen to the future of 800,000 immigrants?