Opinion: Trump’s DACA Decision Necessary

October 4, 2017


The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and columnists in this section do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of The Catalyst.

By Austin Wolfe

To start with, understand that conservatives and republicans do not want to deport children from their families. Understand we are not “Nazis,” nor are we even remotely racist. Those that are racist are not right-wing. White-Supremacy has no place in the right-wing or America as a whole. The right-wing is just as compassionate as the left-wing; we just have different ways of showing it and putting it into policy.

What is DACA?

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA is an Immigration policy signed into law by former President Barack Obama in 2012. It was put in place with the intention of giving illegal immigrant minors and their families the ability to stay and work in the United States for two years (they can be renewed for another two years if they still held the requirements). The eventual goal was to allow these immigrants plenty of time to achieve citizenship (until their 31st birthday), while still being able to work and live in this country legally.

The very bill itself should have never been implemented the way it was. It was signed into law through executive action,  which is not within the powers of the president. Legislation should be handled in the Legislative branch, not the Executive.

The Supreme court voted 4-4 if it was constitutional and it was only allowed to continue because of this deadlock. This deadlock has been broken after the Trump administration appointed a new supreme court justice, Neil Gorsuch, who will rule it unconstitutional, breaking the tie.

Additionally, many of the applicants of DACA have been caught performing illegal actions such as lying on federal documents and stealing identities to work. According to Center for Immigration Studies, “Many Dreamers have long-since terminated their studies and most have committed multiple felonies in order to get jobs — Social Security fraud, forgery, perjury on I-9 forms, falsification of green cards and driver’s’ licenses, identity theft, etc. Dreamers continue to commit these job-related crimes right up to the day their DACA status is approved and they obtain work permits and their own genuine Social Security numbers.” The IRS estimates that some 1.4 million immigrants in the united states are using false documents to work in the United States.

Economic Issues

The overall cost of  illegal immigration on the United States is $54.5 billion per year. It is estimated that illegal immigrants pay about $12 billion in taxes per year, however, that is only 22% of their total cost to the American economy.

According to Center for Immigration Studies, the cost to deport illegal immigrants in the United States was about $124 billion. While that seems like a lot, the same article also mentions “there is a total lifetime fiscal drain of $746.3 billion” due to illegal immigrants entering the country and accepting immigration subsidies and welfare. And that number is going up as more people enter this country. In addition, “one-fifth ($13,058) of the average fiscal deficit the current population of illegal immigrants creates has already been incurred by taxpayers.” (Thats $13,058 per illegal immigrant). Taxpayers, who are U.S. citizens, are  paying money for people to commit crimes and enter this country to enjoy the benefits of the United States’s free market and its social security.

So the United States can either pay about $124 billion dollars to increase the speed of  deportation of illegal immigrants in this nation and severely reduce costs, or continue to increase the $746 billion that has already been spent on immigration. That’s $11 billion per year paid for directly by taxpayers, not including the rate of which illegal immigrants continue to enter our country. That means, if you pay taxes, $11 billion of the total tax revenue in the United States is going directly into programs to assist illegal immigrants whether you like it or not.

What President Trump is proposing is not a full deportation, but rather the abolishment of DACA’s programs and the ability to deport the 790,000 DACA recipients, which is less than one-thousandth of the estimated total illegal immigrants in this country. Trump is only fighting for the ability to deport DACA recipients. He has not released exact specifics on how many DACA recipients he will deport following the repeal of DACA.

Moral Case of Repealing DACA

One of the main arguments for keeping the program is that the children came at the age of 6-7 through no fault of their own. That is correct, however, is it moral to bring children, lie about citizenship, and then use your children as an anchor when you are finally caught? The children do benefit from being in the United States, but not nearly as much as their parents do. After all, children cannot make money or collect a check from the government. 

I understand that not every immigrant is coming into this country just to abuse the welfare program,  but everyone who crosses the border illegally is committing a crime that is going unpunished. Meanwhile, thousands wait for real citizenship from across the world.

Imagine traveling from Mexico and waiting years to get into the nation, learning English and attempting to secure home and a job. After waiting for years and taking the test, you finally gain citizenship. Meanwhile, your neighbor, who is also an immigrant,  doesn’t speak English at all and admits she came over the border illegally. But because she has a young child, she was been allowed to stay and reap most, if not all, the benefits a citizen obtains and none of the responsibilities. This doesn’t make this woman a bad person, it is just unfair for the person attempting to gain citizenship legally.

Imagine a teen identity thief getting let off because he was born in America. Do you know how much controversy that would cause? Latinos, here illegally, are  stealing someone’s identity to work, committing a crime, and go unpunished. Often, it is an American child’s social security number that is stolen.

It is not morally correct to favor those who break the law over those who follow it because they are another nationality. That is something all sides should agree on.

Also, let us keep in mind that immigration enforcement authorities have a process called “prosecutorial discretion,” allowing authorities to pick and choose the families or individuals who are deported, based on their ties with this country. So it is likely very few will be deported as soon as it is repealed and they can seek green cards and/or citizenship while they are here illegally.

Again, the right-wing does not want to deport children for the sake of deporting children. Republicans would rather give these children an opportunity to follow the American Dream the legal way, without breaking the law.  If we start redefining what the law is to feel better about ourselves, then what is the point of laws?

DACA is not fair to the children who are labeled criminals by their parent’s actions, it is not fair for the American citizens who fund people who break the law, and it is certainly not fair to the legal immigrants who are doing everything they can to enter the United States and become citizens. That is why repealing it is necessary for reforming our immigration policy to promote more legal immigration and stop illegal immigration, which is the policy of the Trump presidency. After all, the policy of the Trump presidency is not to break apart families or spew hate toward illegal immigrants. If anything, it is pro-immigrant and anti-crime. Given all of this, is it truly so unreasonable to want to revoke DACA?

Do you have an opposing view? The Catatlyst ould love to print your responses. Email all responses to jdelcurto@theaskacademy.org for a chance to get your letter published.



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