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DACA is a blow to Trump’s presidency

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President Trump’s administration decided to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protected illegal immigrants who entered the United States as minors with their parents from deportation. As of Sept. 5, around 80,000 immigrants who received work permits or other benefits from the DACA program are at risk of being deported.

Issued by previous President Barack Obama, DACA has helped over 800,000 undocumented youths in the United States and allowed 50,000 to 75,000 immigrants to receive higher paying jobs to support families.

If Trump succeeds in ending this program, this could be the beginning of the end of his term in office.

Trump’s actions are fueled by prejudice

DACA has allowed a range of different ethnicities to build better futures in the states, but has mainly been a support to those of Mexican descent. More than three-quarters of the applicants- currently over 600,000- who meet DACA’s criteria came to the U.S. from Mexico.

Over the past two years, Trump has been known for his sexist comments about women and racist comments about any non-white persons, particularly Mexicans.

In a presidential announcement speech, Trump said: “The Mexican government is forcing their most unwanted people into the United States. They are, in many cases, criminals, drugs dealers, rapists, etc.”

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