As soon as Trump took an oath for the office of US President he made sure to take some major decisions regarding his nation, immigration being one of them. He announced that several young undocumented immigrants who had lived so far would now run a chance of deportation.
The mass deportation
The issue of immigration was difficult with the former Congress government under President Barack Obama. During his term of office, he had implemented a program titled Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals commonly known as DACA. Trump decided to give an end to that policy which had so far safeguarded nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. This huge scale deportation by Trump is being predicted to bring to light several existing rifts in the Republican Party concerning the issue. As a result of which, the new legislation might be difficult to be passed. Added to that, it would also a mass population with an uncertain future.
When the present US President was running the presidential campaign he said: “I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents.” However, he made it very clear about his decision in the next statement “But we must also recognize that we are a nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws.” Therefore, prominently stating about his choice for a long time. On the other hand, he has expressed “great love” for the Dreamers.
More information on the deportation
According to the announcement made by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the government will soon cease any sort of protection from deportation promised under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program which was initiated back in 2012 by former US President Obama. Department of Homeland Security has also confirmed that people who have already applied for the program will be taken into consideration and their application procedure would be done normally. However, no new applications would be accepted henceforth.
Trump took this decision in order to shift the pressure from White House to Congress. Trump’s administrative decision is being challenged by several critics around the globe and spitefully regarded as an act of unconstitutional amnesty. The Congress now has to find a solution to the existing crisis and come up with a way to safeguard the lives and employment of the DACA recipients. Unfortunately, however, the Congress had miserably failed in the annulment of the previous Affordable Care Act. Hence, people are still in serious doubt regarding Congress’s ability to help the people in distress. Besides, it is indeed doubtable how a bill can be passed that can satisfy both the senators and the President.
For now, people would continue to live in an existential crisis. The immigrants would struggle to live on with their lives in the US without being assured whether or not they would finally be accepted as the inhabitants of US or not. This helpless condition would not end until April. These people who had to date born and grew up as US citizens can feel the ground crushing beneath their feet.