The Trump Administration announced it will end DACA.
It’s the President Obama-Era program that shields nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants, brought to the U.S. as children, from deportation.
There were strong reactions from residents, as some believe what the president is doing is unfair, while others believe what he’s doing what needs to be done.
Midwestern State University Associate Spanish Professor, Claudia Montoya said, “I am sad. I am very sad because I work directly with students that are part of the DACA program.”
Professor Montoya teaches Spanish at MSU and said many of her students are fearful of what’s to come.
“These are students who are working hard towards their goals, that they see they have a shot at a good future and all of a sudden that shot is not going to be there anymore,” she added.
She stated that many International students are not fluent in the languages that are spoken in their native countries, so it would be a mistake to send them back, and Metropolitan Community Church Pastor, Mel Martinez agreed.
Pastor Martinez told us, “The decision as I perceive it has been a political one. One that was not been necessarily focused on the best decision for students or faculty or Millennials throughout the entire millennial generation.”
But some Texomans disagree.
Wichita Falls resident, Sandi Lawson commented by saying, “We’ve needed reform for a long long time but it needs to be done the right way, it needs to be done legally and get this done.”
Pastor Mel added that Congress needs to pause and take a look at who this change will affect.
“Thousands and thousands and thousands of people of students are going to be impacted. These are the leaders of our next generation and we’re going to kick them out, when they didn’t have a choice as to how they got here in the first place,” Pastor Mel said.
While others say no matter how anyone feels about immigration it isn’t up to the president to make laws, and that is why President Trump is doing away with the program.
Lawson said, “Those of us that voted for him, this is what we want him to do and so he’s doing exactly what we put him in there to do. It should’ve been done a long time ago.”
Professor Montoya added, “These kids are not criminals, these kids have to prove every two years that they have no criminal record, that they are still in school, that they are doing well and they are. So it is a successful program. I do not understand the reasons why to go against something that is working.”
She recalls back to when she decided to come to the U.S. From Mexico.
“I was always and I will always be very thankful for the opportunity and I am now a U.S citizen and I am very proud of both of my citizenships because I am a product of two cultures,” Montoya told us.
Time will tell what will become for all of those who are part of the current program, as the president has given Congress a six-month window to pass a replacement.
The program will stop considering new applications after Tuesday but will allow current DACA recipients permits. Those are set to expire before early March of 2018.