Our friends over at Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance, Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies, and Greater Lafayette ACLU put on a great rally to support DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. We were not the organizers of the event, but many of us attended. There are personal stories that dreamers tell during the rally that everyone should hear.
A little synopsis of what DACA is:
DACA allows certain children of undocumented immigrants to apply to receive consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal. They are also eligible for work authorization. These allows these individuals the ability to live and work in the United States without fear of deportation during that period. This program does not confer US citizenship status.
For many the US is the only country they have every know. Many started lives and families here. These are our friends, family, and members of the community and we should stand to protect them. We as a country made them a promise. We should uphold that promise. Trump is rumored to be ending the program. He needs to make a decision by September 5th.
Please call your representatives and tell them to defend DACA and codify it into law.