On November 12, 2019 hundreds of people from all walks of life found themselves together before the Supreme Court in Washington DC. Supporting each other, sharing stories, and giving empowering and moving speeches. On this day, people gathered together to fight for something they believed in- the rights of hundreds of thousands of immigrants that are in the United States under the program known as DACA. DACA, formally known as the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals, is a program put in place by Barack Obama in 2014.
In Dec of 2017 under the Trump Administration, DACA was rescinded, making the future of the roughly 700,000 current DACA recipients uncertain. This decision.
There is no doubt that rescinding DACA without an alternative solution would affect millions of people, not only for the roughly 700,000 individuals that are enrolled in the program, but their families as well.
However, when it came to opinions revolving DACA and other issues in the immigration community, interesting dynamics began to surface. The most important one being that this rally was not only meant for DACA, this was a protest for human rights and a demand for complete immigration reform.
The reality is that the threats faced in the immigration community are more complex than only DACA, which was frequently apparent during interviews at the DACA rally. These bigger threats involve the lives of roughly 11 million people, the amount of the current undocumented population. These people would be placed at risk if the focus was to remain on securing a solution for only DACA recipients, instead of prioritizing efforts to receive a complete solution that protected the entire undocumented immigrant community.
In this episode we dive into a crash course of the history of American immigration and the principle elements that laid the foundation for today’s immigration system. In addition we go behind the scenes and into the crowd of protesters that attended the DACA rally on Nov 12, to hear first hand their thoughts on the current uncertainty with the DACA program.