College harder for ‘Dreamers’ after DACA ban

by REBECCA RUIZ//Editorial Assistant

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Not long ago, when the Trump administration decided to revoke all rights for immigrant teenagers or young adults to legally obtain their approved advance two-year period differed action of deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.

The well-known DACA program, which stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” was created after the Dream Act Bill that Barack Obama proposed when serving as president of  the United States in November 2014. Protests have been going on in major cities of the United States, where more than 700,000 of these “dreamers” are being discriminated against and having the rights that they were promised revoked.

I can really relate to this subject, since I am also an immigrant, just like those being affected by the decision that President Donald Trump has made. I do not fall under the same category, though, since I came to the United States from Spain with a visa and I was eligible for permanent residence. I am working toward obtaining my citizenship, but I am also an immigrant with the same dreams as them.

I feel that I belong to this country. I am very proud to be from Spain, but I also feel very proud to be in the United States. This is home to me. I wish this country would really give the opportunity to all these people who really deserve the advantage of all the great opportunities the United States offers.

In Spain, the only way you could possibly get into college would be either if you are a straight A student, or if you have a lot of money and could afford it. Many scholarships are given there, but they are so difficult to obtain. I have spoken to many Hispanics about the subject of attending college, and many have said that the only way for them to be able to go to college would be if they have money to afford it.

My mom brought me to United States to offer me a better future, a better education and to be accepted for who I am. Most of the immigrants who come here are labeled as “criminals.” But most of us are hard-working people who can offer the most to society. Most of us wake up every day with the idea to accomplish our goals and fulfill our dreams.

I agree with our president that there is a need to protect our country from terrorism, since it has happened in the past. But I feel he’s against innocent people who just desire to be treated with respect and be successful in life.

The United States offers such an amazing opportunities. I believe immigrants have so much to offer this country that should not be taken for granted.

Author: Plainsman Press Staff

The student newspaper of South Plains College.

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