Why DACA Is So Important

Why DACA Is So Important

"Being an undocumented immigrant in the U.S., hard work does not mean equal success" - Gaby Pacheco

I believe that in order to show how great DACA is, our stories must be shared and heard. This week I had the pleasure to sit down with a fellow Dreamer at Queens College, Dulce Hernandez. Dulce is part of the Dream Team at Queens College:

"Queens College Dream Team is a club that creates awareness concerning the issues affecting undocumented youth. We provide comprehensible support, a safe space for undocumented immigrants to express themselves without judgment and we offer resources to help undocumented students succeed in their education and careers."

Listening to Dulce's story has made me really appreciate the opportunities we have thanks to DACA. In light of the commencement of the SCOTUS hearing regarding Obama's executive decision on DACA/DAPA, Dulce's story firmly stands as an example of what this decision has provided for us. For those who do not know, DACA/DAPA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals/ Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) are programs aimed at protecting immigrants from deportation by providing them with temporary documents. Dulce explained to me how much her family had to endure in order to arrive here. Her family experienced a rough start:

"Both my parents and I crossed the border between the United States and Mexico, and although I made it safely, I was temporarily separated from my mother for a few days. Being her first and only young child, she was traumatized by the experience."

Nevertheless, Dulce's parents persevered and took free English classes while tackling work and childcare. Dulce grew up going to public school and I felt most familiar with her when she said:

"I did not know that being undocumented would affect my life until later on."

After attending school and learning about all the options that were available, a lot of us DACA students were thrown into the college application process and told to make a decision about how we were to pay for school because financial aid was not an option.

"There was a period between my junior and senior years in high school where I felt discouraged to attend school because I did not have my citizenship from the United States, and I was told that I would not be able to receive financial aid without this documentation. I worried about how I would be able to afford college and what were the options to continue my education. If it wasn't for DACA, I would have possibly considered trying to go back to my country and attending some higher institution there, but my parents advised me that the country was currently violent, corrupt, and poor and it would be difficult for me to trust anyone there."

Dulce aspires to be a graphic designer for either a magazine or a book company and to travel to at least one country from each continent. DACA provides the tools needed to make Dulce's, and every Dreamer's, aspirations come true.

"To the currently undocumented youth: you have the capability of changing your lives, changing others, and changing the world. Papers are just papers, and you are worth more. Prove to others you are better than what you seem. And prove to them that your education will better the future."

Many organizations and people have taken to social media to voice their opinions in consideration of the onset of the SCOTUS hearing.

Trumplican? Really?

Starting tomorrow, the Supreme Court will begin to discuss whether Obama's executive decision to expand DACA and to implement DAPA is constitutional. The GOP, along with 26 states, claim the administration overstepped boundaries in making these decisions when, in actuality, other immigration policies have been established to this extent such as George H. W. Bush's Immigration Act of 1990 in which Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was introduced. They do not realize that we are here to stay and that the more we are accepted, the better it is for our economy.

Stand with Dulce these next few months in fighting for the Supreme Court to make its decision in support of DACA/DAPA and let us not forget these words:

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?


Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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