President Donald Trump has rescinded the Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). An executive order by former president Obama in 2012 dealing with roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children by their parents allowing them to live and work until Congress passes a legislative solution for dealing with them. The “Dreamers” as they are known are people who have grown up to become contributing members of society. They are students, workers, and entrepreneurs. The US economy will be adversely affected if by the end of six months, which is the timeframe set to phase out DACA making to be phased out, would be deported.
No doubt about it, there is a pressing need for immigration reform. Illegal immigrants, legal newcomers and citizens share the ethos of living the American dream. As a country, we must honor the promises we made to them. After all, this is not a legal question – it is a moral one.Walid Jawad