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Alex Skaggs, Opinion Editor

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Six months. Only six months of fear before the lives of young adults, having lived in the United States since they were children, have to live with the threat of possibly being deported. What opportunities they did have—an education, a source of income, a home—are all at stake. And for many, that could mean being thrust into a world almost unknown to them.

These are the Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought into the U.S. at a young age. In 2012, by executive action, the President authorized DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) as a response to the failure to pass the Dream Act through Congress (A similar initiative that if passed would grant a pipeline for permanent citizenship for those who qualify as Dreamers).

DACA granted protection, or “deferred action,” from the government actively preying on Dreamers to deport them.

But now the Trump administration has officially confirmed that Donald Trump seeks to phase out DACA over the course of six months. What the administration or Congress wishes to replace it with (if they wish to do so) remains to be seen.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as of March 31st, 2017, approximately 800,000 out of just over a million possibly eligible currently benefit under DACA.

To be eligible to apply for DACA Dreamers must have been under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and currently attend school or have received their diploma or GED. Most dreamers are young adults who are attempting to attend college (without being able to qualify for federal financial aid) or are actively working.

Dreamers are all around us. Although most live in California or Texas, almost 6-8 thousand live in Nebraska, and primarily in the Omaha/Lincoln areas. They are ordinary people, trying to live a comfortable life in a country that they’ve known, on average, since they were six years old.

That doesn’t just apply to Dreamers either. Immigrants of all kinds, “illegal” or not, come to the U.S. due to social pressures in their own countries. It shouldn’t matter whether they really want to stay, or if they’re skilled workers.

In the end, we should really question what society we are creating when we start labeling other people as illegal.

Because no human should be illegal.

 

 

 

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