An apology from the author
It’s been 3 months since my last update to the site and for that, I apologize. Here’s a cheesy portrait as punishment. (how embarrassing)
DACA.ME’s Mission Statement
“Our mission at DACA.ME is to inspire Dreamers to advocate, inform and educate. Self-published articles offer perspectives in lives of all who share the American Dream.”
Life before DACA in the USA
August 15, 2020 will mark eight years since DACA began. What was life like before it existed? Looking back at life before DACA makes much more sense than it did growing up. Navigating through the American way of life had major pitfalls and unforeseen obstacles. I was 5 months old when I came to the United States from Mexico in 1992. I grew up not knowing I was any different from my friends at elementary school. “Where do you see yourself in five years?” “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” common questions students were often asked at some point during K-12 childhood years. The truth is you don’t have to be a child to have concern over the direction in which your life goes.
Why Dreamers did not qualify for citizenship before DACA
DACA came to exist on August 15, 2012. Most DACA have what Customs Border Patrol would call an ‘EWI’. That stands for: ‘Entry Without Inspection’ or ‘EWI’ for short. In the case of Dreamers, an EWI is reffering to the fact that the child entered the United States without any legal paperwork acknowledging their entry. While I can’t personally tell you everyone’s individual entry, I can tell you that most Dreamers entered with a parent or relative. Our current immigration laws state EWI translates to immigrants being inadmissible. This means they are not eligible to adjust their status in the United States. There is a waiver for pardoning unlawful presence by an immigration judge but it requires a lot of evidence for eligibility and this also assumes you’re married to a U.S. Citizen to apply for relief in getting approved for the waiver first, then taking a gamble on adjusting status hoping you meet the necessary criteria. I’ve added an info-graph to help illustrate the problem (not just for Dreamers, but for ALL immigrants) and to give some perspective to the general public.
AGE AFFECTING CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY. (Texas Law)
Things get more complicated for immigrants who continue to live in the United States with an EWI. You can not convict a child for an EWI as age affects criminal responsibility. These children grow in the United States without benefits or federal government aid. After their 18th birthday, these young Americans begin to gain unlawful presence. This is because the law states the individual who entered broke the law. The law also assumes the law-breaker is an adult. Current laws allow immigration judges to pardon unlawful status. An immigrant must prove deportation would cause extreme hardship to a citizen. (spouse or child.) Not all fall under this category. Thus there is no status, pathway or even possibilities of residency. Any attempt to apply for any change of status would trigger a three-year or ten-year ban from the United States. (Depending on how many total days or years have been accumulated)
‘Illegal Aliens’ definition hijacked by anti-immigration hawks
What is an immigration hawk? Oh goodness they’re everywhere. It could be you… It could be me! (kidding) though, if you are clueless, a writer from Univision shared an article here. People think they know what they’re talking about– some spend hours finding answers to questions they want to know, but the reality of the matter comes down to your source, how reliable that source is, whether you agree with the source is a matter of opinion and is almost always up to debate. That doesn’t mean a source can’t be wrong, just as laws that seemed today could be wrong tomorrow.
Dictionaries are everywhere, in books, online and even in your pocket. The underlying issue? Each definition varies interpretation as we the people know it.
“that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”-ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1863 GETTYSBURG ADDRESS
So then if we the people of the United States, or must I say– citizens of the United States vote on who represents them in the larger scheme of things, then why is there so much confusion in our laws? (Aside from the fact that not everyone is interested in being the next lawyer). Heated political conversations with complete strangers happen online every single year, month, week, day, hour — down to this very second. Again, and again and the vicious cycle continues to repeat.
Definition interpretation or blanket-covering an entire population?
Immigration is not a topic for the faint-of-heart. It’s so controversial, that the United States still operates under a statute last revised in 1952. I’m referring to Statute 66 Page 163 of Public Law 414 Chapter 477 (linked for your convenience). Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, just an individual who has grown fond of politics. Answers I seek lead me to answers that have been long suppressed in the ripples of time. Ignorance has led Americans to use terms such as ‘illegal alien or ‘they don’t belong here’. This is usually based on skin color, racial profiling and misplaced assumptions.
Our current laws are out of date. It should not take over 10 years for legal immigration. Current legal immigration today on the relationship each country has with the United States (known as the diversity lottery). Whatever is in the best interest of both countries determines who gets to go in and who gets to go out. How else would we end up with a population of 700,000 dreamers with no legal status, deferred deportation, some that are able to travel outside the United States and for those that didn’t apply before Donald Trump became president, are ineligible to leave the country– if they do, they can kiss their semi-quasi lives goodbye.
Anyone willing to fight and die for this country should be able to live here
I still stand by this belief… that anyone who so understands the sacrifice of having to leave a spouse, children and/or their next of kin to fight a never-ending war on behalf of the United States, is not only a veteran but should be given a fast-track towards citizenship. There should be no barring of which U.S. veteran is allowed to adjust their immigration statuses and which ones aren’t.
Someone who broke the law last week has a better chance at becoming a citizen than someone who’s lived an entire lifetime in the United States.
The United States puts so much weight into a broken immigration system, we’re penalizing younger generations of undocumented immigrants who come from a working class of undocumented immigrant parents. The truth is there is enough healthcare, social security and tax breaks for everyone living in the United States. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose by allowing the 11 million immigrants (already living here for the past 4-5 decades mind you) who have paid the IRS, without ever seeing a dime back on social security benefits or healthcare. (ever wondered why healthcare is so expensive?) A more secure America begins with proper vetting of everyone who is already here.
Immigrants have been dehumanized by fascism and labeled as minorities
If you don’t speak “the right language”, dress a certain way or have the right skin color, you’re looked at as a minority. I cannot stress this enough, we are all people, all humans. Same earth, it’s not yours, it’s not mine, it’s ours. Disclaimer: I’m not against our government. I do not belong to any organization, nor do I believe either side have the capacity to represent Dreamers or American Citizens at present..my thoughts are my own..I just tell it like it is.