My name is Neysha Marie Beltrán Rivera and I am attending my third year of college at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce in the Department of Social Sciences.   My major is in Psychology and Mental Health with a minor in Rehabilitation.  I have been raised in a poor middle-class Puerto Rican family.  However, my parents have taught me to be a good citizen, with values, respect for others, and to contribute greatly to our society.  I am a young woman, learning that everything is possible in this life if I put all the effort into what I do.  I seek to develop the growth, respect, recognition, and opportunity, resulting in a service of excellence.  That’s why I am a very passionate and an empathic person. I enjoy reading, listening and talking about the different perspective in people’s lives.  That why I enjoy talking about, the Trump’s campaign promise on August 31, 2016. Throughout his campaign, he explains how everyone who entered the United States illegally is subjective to deportation… to have laws and to have a country.  And also evaluated the end of the: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program and expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program (Kytekuttertv, 2017).

Since the elections, now President Donald Trump administrations rolls back DAPA. Consequently, for this decision, immigrates are been reacting very mad and confuse for the futures decisions.  Not only knowing was going to happen to them and their families. DAPA was created for (iAmerican, 2017):

The undocumented parents of Americans or lawful permanent residents (green card holders) who live in the U.S. since January 1, 2010, can apply for permission to work and to stay in the U.S. for three years. This new program has the potential to change the lives of over 4 million people. This law was created as part of the past President Obama immigration executive action. These people are living unlawfully present in the U.S. on November 20, 2014; have a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident child who was born on or before November 20, 2014, and are not an immigration enforcement priority.

In addition, Chishti & Hipsman (2016) explain:

The initiative was the centerpiece of a series of executive actions on immigration announced by President Obama in November 2014. Their implementation was quickly challenged by Texas and 25 other states and enjoined in February 2015 by Andrew Hanen, a federal district judge in Brownsville, Texas. The injunction was upheld by two separate three-judge panels of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court Appeals. The cause now returns to the 5th Circuit and from there will be sent back to Judge Hanen for a full hearing on the merits. Texas argues that the executive actions represented an unconstitutional reach of executive authority, violated the Administrative Procedures Act, and would harm states by inflicting financial harm. Texas contends that it would be forced to spend millions of dollars to issue driver’s licenses to DAPA recipients.

Due to DAPA, a lot of immigrants are living their home to have the “American Dream”. Our Founding Fathers’ vision is that all people have an equal and the right to life, liberty, and pursuit their own happiness. “The Declaration of Independence says nothing about what happiness should look like. Instead, it seeks to ensure that everyone has equal opportunity to pursue a personal vision and a free enterprise as a way to pursue that happiness” (Amade, 2017).

Since President Trump has signed an executive order to enhance immigration enforcement, the arrest of undocumented immigrants is up to 38% from 2016, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said his agency is focused on undocumented immigrants with criminal records, the “bad hombre” that Trump spoke about throughout his presidential campaign. Also during his campaign said: “Sadly, the American dream is dead. But if I get elected president, I will bring it back, bigger and better than ever.” He trying to do the best he can, by following the law. But the data show that the biggest jump in arrests involved undocumented immigrants without a criminal record, a 156% increase from last year (Gomez, 2017).  For now, Trump is leaving the almost law DAPA and DACA. That is why immigrates need to find options for them and their family future.

In other words, immigrants need to keep fighting for rights, whether you are a legal resident, have yet to obtain a green card or employment visa, you still have certain civil rights that you should fight to protect. The country is in a state of change regarding immigration policies. As states and the federal government struggle over what policies are constitutional and which violate individual rights, many innocent people are suffering on a daily basis. Unfortunately, these tactics are encouraging racial profiling and have led many innocent people to be singled out as if they were criminals. As already stated (“USAttorneys”, 2017) reveals strategies:

If you or a loved one have been targeted because of your personal appearance, have been mistreated because you are not a United States-born citizen, or have experienced any other negative treatment, turn to immigration lawyers immediately for assistance. We will find professionals on our site that have years of experience in fighting for the protection of their clients. The United States was founded on principles of freedom and equality, and that is precisely what we seek to uphold. If you were singled out because of your status or color of your skin, our featured immigration attorneys will file a case for you and help you obtain compensation for the discrimination you were forced to endure.

In conclusion, my process to keep being positive, motivated and guided by the great Dr. Martin Luther King who once said “If you can’t fly, run; If you can’t run, walk; If you can’t walk, crawl; But, whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”.

I will be grateful all my life for receiving this financial aid.

Reference

(2017). iAmerica. Recovered from http://iamerica.org/do-i-qualify-for-dap

(2017). USAttorneys. Recovered from  https://usattorneys.com/immigration/

Amadeo, K. (2017). The Balance. Recovered from https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-the-american-dream-today-3306027

Bendix, A. (2017). The Atlantic. Recovered from https://www.theatlantic.com/news/archive/2017/06/trump-rolls-back-dapa-program/530571/

Chishti, M., & Hipsman, F. (2016). Migration Policy Institute. Recovered from http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/supreme-court-dapa-ruling-blow-obama-administration-moves-immigration-back-political-realm

Gomez, A. (2017, 17 May). USA Today. Recovered from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/05/17/deportations-under-president-trump-undocumented-immigrants/101786264/

Kytekuttertv. (2017, 23 June). Undocumented Parents of Dreamers Getting Deported Back Home (Full Compilation) [Video File]. Recovered from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmcR4Bo05Eo

Rahimi, S. (2017). Al Jazeera Media Network. Recovered from http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/05/undocumented-immigrants-deported-trump-170509111133083.html