An Examination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) as a Policy Bedrock and Therapy for the Challenge of Unauthorized Children Arrivals

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Dorothy Kersha-Aerga, Associate Professor (Creator)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Abstract: The United States of America has long prided itself as a country of immigrants and opportunity, where people in search of liberty and freedom can realize their dreams without inhibition. This pride and acknowledgment of the role of immigrants in founding the country and contributing to its sustainability is displayed in several American slogans and institutional labels. However, despite this apparent pride and willingness to showcase its commitment to the accommodation of immigrants, recent discourse with regards to policies appear to challenge this narrative. Indeed, the narrative seems to be changing, and the perception now seems to suggest that the Americas are hostile to immigrants and are working at discouraging migration. While polarity of views and attitudes concerning legal immigration is indisputable, the issue of unauthorized and undocumented immigrants appears to pose the most significant challenge as it relates to policy. With an estimate of more than 12 million undocumented immigrants in the country, occasioning a variegated range of impacts on the society, policymakers were challenged to craft a sustainable policy that can secure adoption in America’s ideologically and politically polarized policy arena. Previous attempts at comprehensive immigration reform to address this challenge have failed to secure legislative adoption.

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The Journal of the North Carolina Justice Academy
Language: English
Date: 2019
DACA, immigration, children, child, policy, law

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