Due to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Astrid temporarily has received protection from being deported, but her father is still facing a pending deportation order. As she said in her speech to the DNC, her “family isn’t just talking about the fear of deportation, they are living it.”
Astrid and millions of others like her are worried about what will happen if a new administration takes office that discontinues programs like DACA.
Additionally, there is concern about the millions of undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States, who for different reasons, do not fall into the specific categories that would allow them to apply for programs like DACA. These people face the continual fear of being separated from their loved ones and deported at any time.
Because Congress has repeatedly refused to enact real immigration reform, President Obama was forced to act on his own and by Executive Action, he put DACA in place. One of the problems with Executive Actions is that they are temporary. For example, if a new administration came into office that was anti-immigration, it could simply allow programs like DACA to expire and not renew them, causing millions like Astrid to once again be at risk for immediate deportation.
This is why it is so important that we not only work to ensure the continuation of these programs but that we cement them on a permanent basis through legislation. If we can pass laws to protect those like Astrid and her family, they will no longer have to worry each election season about facing deportation based on who wins and loses every election.