Should undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children be excluded from deportation?

Near the end of 2017, President Trump stated that he was ending the DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) program. This program was put in place by an executive order issued by President Obama in 2014, and it allows people who were brought into the United States as children the chance to stay without fear of deportation. Some believe these individuals should not be sent back to countries many of them do not even remember, while others believe their illegal immigration status requires that they be deported to the countries where they were born.

Supporters of DACA maintain that the United States is the only country that most of these people have ever known, making them as American as those born here. They also believe that those impacted by DACA have become contributing and valuable members of society and that their deportation could actually harm the American economy while breaking apart families.

Those against DACA believe that all immigrants in the United States must go through the established legal channels, regardless of age or circumstances, to ensure fairness in our immigration laws. Many on this side also maintain that it is the job of Congress to craft a legislative solution to the situation and that the president should not be addressing the issue through executive action, which is what President Obama did.

What do you think? Should undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children be excluded from deportation?

Current Standings:
Yes: 80%
No: 20%
  • Kody from Iowa

    Children do not make decisions as to where they will live. They go where their families take them. Children who have been living in the United States because their parents brought them or sent them here for a better life deserve to continue living the life they know. It would be unfair to send them back to a country that may be in turmoil or where they wouldn’t be safe; they are only children. Why would anyone want to penalize them or take away their chance for a better life. Consider how you would feel if the government swooped in and “sent you back” to a country that was war-torn or ruled by a subversive government? Chances are you wouldn’t survive. Don’t penalize children for living a better life here than the one they would have had in their country of origin.

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    • Hannah from California

      I completely agree. Children do not make the decision, so we should not punish them for immigrating to the US, especially when they had no choice in the matter. They have already grown up in the US. Sending them back to their “country of origin” would be irrational – they are Americans, through and through. By deporting them, you are essentially signing their death sentence. They might not be able to speak the language and they might be targeted by gangs. Isn’t that a little severe, for a choice that they had no part in making? We should allow the children who were brought to the US illegally to continue their lives in the US, where they are familiar with the culture and where they can live a better life. There is no reason why we should deport the children who had no choice.

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      I completely agree. Children do not make the decision, so we should not punish them for immigrating to the US, especially when they had no choice in t…

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    • Graycen from Idaho

      I agree with what Kody from Iowa says. Tyler from Florida stated that they are an anchor, and as that may be true, they did not choose to be an anchor. That was their parent’s decision. I agree with Kody because the child did not have a full understanding of what would happen, and they were not the one with the idea.

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    • Evan from Kansas

      I believe the undocumented immigrant children should be excluded from deportation because one of the may reason immigrants come to america is for education. Plus it shouldn’t be the children fought if they was only following their parents.

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    • Kelsey from Arkansas

      I fully agree with what Kody has to say on this subject. Young children normally have no say in where they live, parents just wan the best life for their children. They don’t want them to have to be worried about being in the middle of a war. They want to give them the opportunities that they did not have as children, like going to college having a good paying job that they actually like. I believe that these children should be able to stay and live the life their parents wanted them to have.

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      I fully agree with what Kody has to say on this subject. Young children normally have no say in where they live, parents just wan the best life for t…

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  • Olivia from New Hampshire

    Children who are brought to the United States as children have the same right to stay in the country as those who were born here, even if their parents were from a different country, those whose parents immigrated here from other countries legally and brought their children with them, and those whose parents had lived here many generations before they were born. To take away rights from those based on where their parents or they were born is ethically wrong; seeing how the borders that we have defined as “ours” were not “ours” to begin with, and how a large portion of the people who live in the US have ancestors that came to the here from a different state, nation, or republic. In addition, these lands and our borders are arbitrarily defined and have been in continuous change since our independence.

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  • Ashley from Wisconsin

    I’m sure many of you, like myself, have seen those Ancestry.com advertisements on TV that show you where your ancestors were from and make a very big show of being proud of your heritage. I’d like you to imagine for a moment that, one day, you are asked to “return home” to the country that the highest percentage of your ancestors were originally from. Many Americans come from Europe, Africa, Asia, or South America. All of our ancestors, with the only exception being the Native Americans, were immigrants. If I were to ask you to go back to Russia, Norway, Germany, Somalia, Colombia, or China, you’d think I’m crazy. Being here in America is all you’ve ever know. You know our school systems, our language, our customs, our politics. It has become your life and you are invested in it. If I was to kick you to Germany, to a country where you might not know the language or have any family to help support you, it would be quite a change, and not one you’d be happy about. This is of course setting aside the fact that in America, this was once something we discussed doing to the African Americans after the Civil War. Henry Turner was the biggest proponent of this movement, asking to uproot thousands of Americans, and displace them into a country that wasn’t their home. Living in America we forget that immigration is not an Us vs Them issue because more often than not, we all belong to the “Them” category. There have been resurgences throughout history of increasingly nativist opinions regarding immigration, leading to the creation of the quota system in the 1920s. I personally find this despicable in a country that’s constitution was drafted by people who sailed across an ocean to live here. The protections we are afforded every day were the hopes and dreams of a people that weren’t seeking religious freedom, but economic freedom. It’s less romantic, but far more accurate to say that were it not for the colonists’ hatred of taxation, and Paine’s eventual philosophical rhetoric, our country would still be governed from overseas – an idea incomprehensible to many. Yes, I support DACA, because it is inhumane not to. We do not have the right to displace those who had no say in how they got here. It is not their fault, their parents’ actions were not their own, but even then, could you blame them? Immigrant has become a dirty word in a country that has painstakingly drafted laws meant to exterminate the natural inhabitants. The media treats these people as statistics, as numbers or troop movements that are concentrated in our territory. We read articles about them being the enemy but we are not at war. This is not a situation that requires ICE officers but legislation and protection. We are all in possession of certain unalienable rights, and while “Dreamers” may not be covered under the constitution, they were endowed by their creator with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. All three of which we are threatening to take away because we put more stock in geographical origin than human rights.

    Sources:
    https://www.ancestry.com/
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/10/us/dreamers-congress-deal-reaction.html
    http://www.history.com/topics/u-s-immigration-before-1965
    http://www.blackpast.org/aah/turner-henry-mcneal-1834-1915
    https://history.state.gov/milestones/1921-1936/immigration-act

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    • Braxton from Missouri

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  • Morgan from Wisconsin

    As a believer that we as children should not have to live in the shadows in our fathers’ sins, the thought of innocents being deported because of a family’s choice not only disgusts me but also disappoints me. The whole dispute is based on a mistake or a thought from a long time ago for this child, or now an adult. I feel as though these people should not be punished due to a decision and fault that is not theirs.

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  • Alex from Colorado

    I totally agree with excluding children that were raised in the United States from deportation. The kids that were part of DACA have grew up only knowing the United States as their home, going back to their birth country would be a whole new thing for them; they would have to learn a new language, culture, and style of living. Also, it wasn’t their choice to move to the United States, but the choice of their parents.

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    I totally agree with excluding children that were raised in the United States from deportation. The kids that were part of DACA have grew up only know…

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  • Shawna from Colorado

    I feel that they should be excluded from deportation. It was not their choice to come into a country as an illegal immigrant, it was their parent’s choice. Their parents wanted them in America so that they could have a better life, and since America is the land of freedom and opportunity shouldn’t we provide that? Although they were born out of the country, they have grown up as Americans. They wouldn’t really be bringing anything but their personal culture into the country. To send them back would be to put them in a country that they don’t know. Many people stumble upon the problem of the immigrants “taking our jobs and scholarships” but if they work for it and are more qualified, I think they deserve the opportunities. Also, like I said, they have been brought up as American, they are only lacking in citizenship.

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  • Regan from Colorado

    I think that yes, they should be excluded from deportation. Children have no control over where they are born and live in the first few years of their lives. Children follow their parents as far as living conditions and do so until they are themselves legal adults. For this reason, I don’t think that they should be punished for a decision their parent(s) made without their consultation.

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  • Gabriella from Missouri

    No, children would be separated from their parents but, if their parents are being deported it´s for a reason. Some parents sell bad thing such as drugs, and some do cruel acts so there for the kids should stay away.They should stay in America and go to school and be put in to foster homes, it´s not fair to put kids through this when they are already going through a lot.I feel if the kids are not doing anything to harm one another or do bad things they should be able to stay.

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    No, children would be separated from their parents but, if their parents are being deported it´s for a reason. Some parents sell bad thing such as dr…

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  • Sabine from Texas

    Though immigration is a very controversial and divisive topic in the United States today, there are a few essential aspects which most citizens agree on. Our country is a country founded by immigrants, based on democracy, and characterized by our differences.
    Deporting those who are here through the DACA program violates the inherent nature of democracy, and the values of acceptance, diversity, and justice which are at the core of our identity as a nation. Sending people who have lived in the U.S. since they were children or teenagers is not only unjust, it is disturbingly reminiscent of past historical events which the U.S. openly condemned.
    Beyond that, the end of DACA means a sharp decline in economic output for the United States as a whole. Per Time.com, the U.S. GDP stands to drop by $433 million over the next decade if DACA is brought to an end, with the effects proving particularly harsh in California and Texas.
    Tightening immigration laws is one thing. However, the forced displacement of millions of contributing U.S. residents is a morally reprehensible and financially unwise act, and one which has driven the general American population farther apart, in a time when unity is essential.

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  • Elizabeth from Wyoming

    They are here by no fault of their own, do no harm, and are living the American dream!

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I couldn’t agree more with you. The dreamers had no say in where they live, and especially knowing how hard it was for their parents to give them the opportunity to live the ‘American dream’ from my experience they work super hard to not disappoint anyone around them.

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  • Kylie from Michigan

    I agree because it wouldn’t be fair if they contribute to the United States, they are children who are not guilty of their parent’s decisions, and if they get deported they will be deported to a country they don’t even know about.

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  • Max from Nevada

    It depends in the way that they give back to the country in a good way or in a bad way because someone can be working doing good things honest things and somebody else can be stealing an staying at the country like normal people, give them a opportunity and they need watched or controlled by a official by six months or less until he makes something bad be deported

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  • Sophie from Louisiana

    They do not even know their country of origin, hence, they ARE american citizens. They work there, study there, and have their lives there.

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  • Maya from Wisconsin

    The children had no choice when brought to the United States. However they created lives for themselves and have established roots. They should be allowed to remain in the country that they consider home.

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  • Madison from Pennsylvania

    They had no idea what was going on! Why are we going to punish them for a decision that they had no choice in.

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  • Laura from California

    Children brought by immigrant parents are not at fault for being brought to a different country. They are ordinary citizens that have lived here practically their whole lives. They study, have friends, work, everything they know is here, so why try to send them somewhere they don’t belong? They are part of us. There are us.

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  • James from Maryland

    There are a few layers to this issue. Firstly, why should children be punished for the actions of their parents? Secondly, deportation ruins lives. Deportation centers are violent, traumatizing, and irreparably harm deportees. It is extremely unfair to make anyone go through that process.

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  • Allison from Idaho

    They are not responsible for the actions of their parents/guardians and should not be taken from the lives that they have built for themselves in the United States. To deport children is a cruel act, instead one should provide a path to becoming a citizen for these children.

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  • Grace from Texas

    Children brought into the United States illegally didn’t know what was happening, they didn’t have a choice. Dreamers know nothing more than the United States and shouldn’t be deported.

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  • Manasvi from California

    Children who are bought here illegally should be shielded from deportation, as they have done nothing wrong. They did not make the decision to come here, their parents did. Furthermore, they have no experience in their parent’s home country. They have gotten used to american customs and traditions, and know of nothing else. To go from a stable country like the U.S to a more violent one like Mexico or El Salvador would be something the DREAMers wouldn’t be prepared for. They wouldn’t have a place to go, and they may not know the language. To send a person to an unfamiliar country with no prior experience, a possible language barrier, and no place to stay is cruel. They’re, at this point, just as american as the rest of us. They’ve done nothing wrong, and don’t deserve deportation or the troubles that follow.

    Although this isn’t the story of a dreamer specifically, I thought this quote from Giovanni Miranda, who came to the U.S as a child and was later deported as an adult, would illuminate the challenges immigrants of that circumstance face –

    “I got here and said ‘WTF,’” he [Miranda] said. “I didn’t speak the language, I didn’t know anybody and didn’t have a dime on me.”

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/7/11/deported-to-death-the-tragic-journey-of-an-el-salvadoran-immigrant.html

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  • Sam from Pennsylvania

    Children brought to the u.s. are most likely not in the best economic state at home, and no person doesn’t deserve a chance. We interperet the constitutional rights as rights of Americans only, but what the bill of rights offer are human rights. Borders are merely imaginary lines we choose whether or not are more important than the lives of other human beings.

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  • Odalyz from Alabama

    Undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children should be excluded from deportation because they are victims of circumstance. Most of these children were often to young to have a say in what their parents did, they could not been able to control that. It is also easy to agree that these children are as much American as natural borns. They have never experienced anything other than American values and customs, they by all means should be able to go to school, serve in the military and contribute to society, to the society they were raised in. Most arguments opposed to DACA confuse immigrants with terrorists and criminals, which is completely gross and wrong. Most of undocumented immigrants come to America to work and give their children better lives. We often have tunnel vision and forget to recognize that these are human beings. So these children should not be blamed for something they did not do, that would be the equivalent of wrongfully accusing someone of a crime.

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  • Ashley from California

    Children have no choice when they are travelling here illegally. Why should they suffer for their parent’s action? In most cases, the parents are coming here to provide a better life for the child, not to bring crime and/or drugs to the United , like Donald Trump has claimed.

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  • Michael from North Carolina

    Those who come to our country with a dream are some of the best in our nation. Many natural-born citizens have the attitude that they have to work for somebody. Immigrants are more likely to run their own businesses, which is what we need. I think Americans citizens do not understand a hard work ethic, they do not understand the idea of making a living for themselves and they do not understand the basic principles of what makes America America. I feel these immigrants have a better idea of what makes America America than citizens of America.

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  • Robyn from Arkansas

    These children were simply following their families and the orders of their parents. A child shouldn’t be punished for the actions of the adult. When you look at it logically, it wouldn’t make sense to deport these children. Since this is mainly a argument for DACA, I believe that it promotes positive activity in immigrants. There are several requirements to be able to apply for DACA. They want you to be enrolled in a school, university, or military. You have to have a clean criminal record. All of these things are over looked and under-evaluated. When these children come, the come as “dreamers” and want to be a US citizen or DACA recipient. They are willing to follow these rules and as long as they are doing so, there is not need to deport them and send them to a place that is not their home.

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  • Clara from Rhode Island

    FIrst of all, where your born doesn’t actually determine where your loyalty lies. It’s the place you were raised that’s your home. Second of all, why is everything about ownership? No one should be able to tell you what part of the sky you’re not allowed to stand under.
    Oh, and thirdly, the law about birth deciding which country you belong in is so arbitrary– I mean, what exactly happens between birth and childhood that becomes the determining factor in how much of an American you are? When I was three years old I thought China was in Texas.

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  • Arleth from Illinois

    Children do not have a say in where they are taken at a young age, nor are they a part of the decision process given that a lot happen to be so young when immigrating to the United States. I myself was three years old when I came to the United States and it is the only home I know. Deporting immigrants who arrived as children would be the equivalent of sending Americans away to live in a foreign country to which they themselves do not remember visiting or completely know. It is a strong belief of mine that children who arrived as immigrants of other countried work twice as hard and have an incredibly strong work ethic compared to those who are born citizens of the U.S. This is all due to the fact that we are much more appreciative of the opportunity we have been alotted in this country and wish to be treated as equals. Immigrants have a lot to offer this country, but it is extremely difficult when we live in constant fear that we will be ripped of the only place we have ever known and are repetitively shoved into one stereotypical stigma of being bad and dangerous people.

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  • Katie from Maine

    Children brought into the country undocumented cannot control their parent’s actions. They grow up in this country and may not even remember where they came from. We should give these children the same rights as children born in this country. It is scary enough for these kids to have to leave everything they know to come to a new country, they shouldn’t have to worry about not making it here. If these kids are treated well here they will be good workers and good citizens so we should not bar them from that.

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  • Nicole from Indiana

    Kids that have grown up American, in America, belong here. Their families may not, but they should be given citizenship and maybe their families can be given a special path to citizenship.

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  • McKay from Utah

    These children should not be punished for their parents crime. Undocumented immigrants should not have the same opportunities of those who have gone through the due process of naturalization. As far as immigration reform we need to make it easier to enter the country without sacrificing security especially pertaining to DACA. These kids should not be deported but instead allowed to go through the same rigorous process of anyone else.

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  • Madylin from Michigan

    I vote yes with one slight stipulation: the definition of “child” must be more clearly defined here. The obvious argument in excluding child immigrants from deportation lies in the fact that a child will have no memories of the country they were born in, and will subsequently be raised as “American” as any other natural-born citizen. However, a child who lived overseas at the age of ten will likely have a much stronger connection with their homeland than a child who was forced to move to the United States at three years old. In this case, deportation would be not only inhumane but nonsensical: it would make just as little sense to exile a natural-born American to a country which they had never seen. Obviously, the cut-off between an almost nearly American child immigrant and a child immigrant with a strong connection to their country of birth is fuzzy, so this makes the enforcement of this policy difficult to achieve.

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  • Ethan from Texas

    Children don’t have a say in whether they are brought here illegally, and just because the law is the law doesn’t mean it’s right.

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  • Samantha from Oregon

    Undocumented immigrants that came to the U.S. as children have grown up here. They’ve been raised here, in America, on the same American values that children born here are raised on. They have gone to school here, learning the same things that children who were born here are learning. Children don’t have many jobs. Children go to school, and they grow up, mature, etc. Undocumented immigrants brought here as children did just that. But because they weren’t born here, they’re looked at as “illegal”. Nothing else. These immigrants are as American as any of us. They shouldn’t be deported simply based on the fact that they weren’t born here and arrived illegally. They’ve been raised here and been apart of our society as much as you and I have. What else does it take to be considered a true citizen? People with compassion to recognize these immigrants for who they are, and not what they did (arrive illegally). That’s all.

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  • Nico from California

    They had no say in it!

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  • Daniel from Georgia

    Unlike their parents, who made the choice to come to the United States despite of the consequences, undocumented immigrants brought here as children should have the right to stay in this great country. These “Dreamers,” as they are commonly called, entered this country by no choice of their own and grew up in America as Americans, despite of their legal status. These immigrants sat in the same classrooms as other American kids, grew up among American friends, and learned to speak the American language like everyone else in this country. They grew up knowing nothing but the American ways of life, and lived by them all their lives. The only difference between these undocumented children and ourselves is that they just happened to have been born in a different country. If these immigrants are deported, they will undoubtedly face extreme difficulties readjusting to life in a foreign country they haven’t lived in for most of their lives. Some of these immigrants have not even been educated in the languages of their homes. Just like we have a duty to protect the disabled–who are disadvantaged by no fault of their own–we have a duty to protect the Dreamers.

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  • Lorena from Illinois

    It would help me with my family that lives in mexico and so they don”t have to take interview to be a US citizen. In mexico there are a lot people looking of opportutities

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  • Shemira from Illinois

    Because, if they entered the United States as children then why not be excluded from deportation. They were brought here as children, not adults.

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  • Drake from Illinois

    A child has little to no chose when they are moving to a different place. They should not be punished for their parents or families decisions.

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  • Ryan from Texas

    An adult, teenager, or child who has called the United States home for as long as they can remember should not be punished for the actions of their parents. These Americans are just as much American as a native-born American, and have made this place their home. They hold jobs, they own houses, they travel with their families, and partake in activities similar to any other American family, yet we still see today, other Americans wanting to make sure that their fellow Americans don’t get to stay in the United States, just for the simple reason that they were born in another country, and that their parents made the courageous decision to come to the United States, so that their children would not have to endure the same atrocities that they did in their country. I pose a question for those who are so tough on immigrants, and even these Americans who do not know the country that so many want to send them back to: would you be willing to break the law to ensure that your family had a better life, to ensure that your family had the opportunities to succeed, or to ensure that your family could escape oppression and danger from a government? My answer: Yes, I would.

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  • Brandon from California

    Undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children pay millions of dollars in taxes and commit crimes at a lower rate than the native-born population. They have made immeasurable contributions in our workplaces and universities. Many serve this country in the armed forces. Instead of being deported, these individuals should be offered a pathway to citizenship so that they can fully realize the American dream.

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  • Jose from Kansas

    Should undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children be excluded from deportation? Yes, the option should certainly be given. But why? Well because those kids are American. To say that otherwise is utter nonsense. Most times then none their native land couldn’t be any more foreign to those kids. Firstly, those children ended up in this nation through no fault of their own. They were brought here as children and grew up in this country as American; living an American lifestyle. To take that away from them by kicking them out of everything they held dear and true is nothing short of cruel and inhumane. Yet again, that gives rise to an entire platter of new issues. For example, if the kids do decide to stay, considering the option was give in the first place, who would they stay with? Would the children have to go into foster care? And even if they didn’t and decided to stay with a close relative that is a citizen, that still leaves the child without parents. Regardless of whether the child gets to stay in the nation or leave it, it seems as though a painful and strange road lays ahead. Illegal Immigration is certainly a subject that has multiple pieces being at play all at once; there is no “one step solution” to this issue but certainly giving the right to the kids brought here as children to stay in the nation as citizens is certainly a step in the right direction.

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  • Wendy from Texas

    I’m an illegal student and I have a higher GPA in school and strive higher in school than some of the people born in the U.S. & although I’m in the process of having my residency I really feel bad for us illegals because they make us feel so unwanted, like if being Mexican is something to be ashamed of. I haven’t seen my grandparents and uncles and cousins in almost a decade and we still get told stuff, and all we’re doing is doing sacrifices for a better future. I know that coming over here doesn’t make me a citizen, I just know that we’re being segregated by an invisible line when we can all just be one equal.

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  • Adrianna from Alabama

    Undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children should be excluded from deportation. Many immigrants brought to the United States have grown and built businesses with Americans as employees. The fact that they have grown and aged while in the United States make it their comfort zone. Also, as kids, we can’t control big life decisions like moving to another country. I don’t encourage illegal acts but in this case, it’s the parents fault.

    There are a lot of jobs in the United States that were started by immigrants. Those people came here to build a life and gain success. In doing so, they have helped us U.S citizens by providing jobs for us. If these immigrants are taken away, so are the jobs for us. Ruining jobs would just make a bad situation worse.

    We as humans have a comfort zone. A comfort zone is described as a behavioral space where your activities and behaviors fit a routine and pattern that minimizes stress and risk. These immigrants that had no control over their living situation should not be taken from their comfort zone. Leaving your comfortable headspace causes a rise in anxiety. Studies show that anxiety and depression causes changes in major parts of the brain. Something as big as being deported and losing everything you have built would put major stress and anxiety on anyone. No one should have that big of a health risk put on them.

    As kids we follow our parents because they take care of us. Our parents are our comfort zone. No child can come up with a plan to move illegally to another country. As children, they had no knowledge of an illegal immigration or its consequences. They are not a threat to the United States. They are simply living the life they were given the best way they know how to.

    Undocumented Immigrants brought to the U.S as kids should be allowed to stay here because it’s the only home they know or remember. Taking them away affects the entire United States. Their life should not be interrupted over something they had no control over in their childhood

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  • Marcela from Kansas

    Yes the should because they have lived their whole life here and made a life, made work here in the U.S. and to be found out about many years later . They have a right to be here, if they have not committed a crime they should stay.

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  • Aide from Kansas

    Yes because the children brought here illegally did not know that they were committing a crime, they came here following a relative for a better future.

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  • Dakota from Kansas

    why would you send a child back to a place where he/she does not know anything about and make them live in confusion when if they don’t know if they have any family left there or they don’t know where they are. they don’t have a choice on what they are to to when there parents make there decisions for them

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  • Marcos from Arizona

    The children should be left out of it, first they did not know what situation they were in and was just told to go with their families and to not ask questions, second since they have been here for most of their life they should stay here because you cant just take someone out of a place they lived in, where they belong and throw them back into a place they barley know about.

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    The children should be left out of it, first they did not know what situation they were in and was just told to go with their families and to not ask …

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  • Alex from Missouri

    I think that children who grew up in America should not be deported, because they were raised here, and learned american culture just like american children. It would be very hard for people like Joel Sati, to go from medical school then to Mexico and learn about Mexican culture instead of becoming a doctor.

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  • Kaylee from Minnesota

    “God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living creature.” As I read this Bible scripture I ponder about its simplicity. God didn’t create Americans, God created people. Whether you believe in Christianity, or any or no religion at all, the truth remains that we are all just people. So who made Americans? We made ourselves Americans. The Declaration of Independence states,“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” That is why we are Americans. It is not because we share the same land or live within the borders. America without its founding values is just an inhabited slab of Earth. We are Americans because we believe that everyone should have the rights guaranteed to us in the Constitution. We are Americans because we have a blazing spirit within telling us to do more than just exist; but thrive, invent, and learn. By this definition there is no difference between us and foreigners. By allowing these foreigners into our country, there is a risk of terrorism, but by banning refugees into our country we are ensuring that hundreds of thousands of people will, at best, have delayed freedom. The foundation of this country was built because we were embittered by an unjust government. If we do not allow the same liberation to these helpless people, have we become similar to the governments that we have fought in our past? My hope is that we do not continue to fear, but we continue to build relationships with diverse cultures throughout the world, because in the end we are all one in the same.

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  • Cadie from Indiana

    A lot of the undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children believe and view themselves as US citizens. Quite a few of them have no memories of being in their countries of origin, nor do they speak the language or could probably assimilate into their cultures. It wasn’t the children’s faults they were brought to the country illegally.

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  • Bailey from Kansas

    Unless you are 100% Native American/Native Alaskan, your ancestors immigrated to this nation. The United States is known for being the mixing pot of the world, for each person is part this or part that. We are all immigrants in our own way and to exclude the people coming to this nation for the same reason our ancestors did would be a horrific tragedy. Especially for the children brought here, because they were delivered here for a reason. Forcing those children to go back to what they were running from is irresponsible and cruel on the part of the United States Government. For some, it may be signing their death certificates.

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  • Marlow from Kansas

    At one point everybody who came to this country was undocumented.
    Even though they’re renewing DACA applications for the people who already had them, it’s unfair to the children who were brought over by their parents. It’s unjust to send a kid back to a country where they know nothing. Some of these kids have almost no knowledge of their parents’ home country, the U.S.A. is all they know. Their parents came here for a reason, whether it was to make a better future for themselves/their kids or to stabilize their family’s financial situation in their original country.
    Think about how it effects the children, the parents, and possible other family members. Empathy is required in some situations especially when it involves living people.

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  • Holly from Florida

    Can you imagine being around 15 years old and suddenly coming to the realization that your parents have been illegal immigrants as well as yourself for your entire life. Can you imagine how that must feel? Now imagine a peaceful day at your home,while your parents are away at work, earning enough to provide for you, a government official knocks on your front door. They grab you buy your wrist and tell you that you are an illegal immigrant and you as well as your parents will be immediately deported back to Mexico. You were born in Mexico but your parents moved to United States when you were only 2 months old. You do not speak or understand Spanish and have grown up with an American lifestyle. This is a scenario that could very well happen in America’s near future. I would say that it is not right to deport a child that was brought to this country illegally. The child is not at fault for the mistakes of their parents. A person cannot simply send an “alien” back to their home country if they do not even have any culture or memory of that place. If a government official deported the child from my story back to Mexico, they would not know any of the Spanish customs, lifestyles or even the language. It Is unfair to punish the child by deportation when they did not even have knowledge that they did something wrong by coming to America.

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  • Trin-A-Tee from Kansas

    Someone was brought here as a child with little to no say about where they live or what they want to do with their lives, they came to america made a better life for themselves they have graduated High school went to college or joined the military they go to work everyday pay their bills on time who knows what kind of life they would have had if they did not come here Why should they have to lose everything they´ve built here to go back to a place that they no longer know or have any type of foundation there.

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    Someone was brought here as a child with little to no say about where they live or what they want to do with their lives, they came to america made a…

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  • Jeesica from Kansas

    DACA helps those students who want to become someone in life and be the next future for United States, it should be available for everyone who wants to succeed. Parents only do the right for their children, that’s what there for, parents are to show there child the right path. I would like for DACA to continue to prove the support for students who really want to show success, United States is the country of opportunity, and if people from other countries want to come for those opportunity and be successful why not? Lets not deport those who are the future.

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  • Jimmy from Kansas

    I dont think people should be deported back where they came from if they came here it was to have a better future.

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  • alex from Alabama

    children dont choose to come here illegally i feel like if the children are too a age they can remember how the USA is then they should be given a choice weatherr they want to stay or not.

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  • Matthue from Kansas

    I believe that everyone deserves a chance. It’s supposed to be “America the home of the brave and land of the second chances” but how is that so if you don’t give someone a chance in the first place. People that grew up in America don’t know much about their homeland nor lived there for long (for some) so how are you going to send them to a country that is just as foreign to them as it is to us.

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  • Armond from Kansas

    Undocumented immigrants who were brought here when younger should be allowed to stay here because America was all they have ever known. Most likely they weren’t aware or didn’t have a choice of whether they wanted to migrate here or not. It is unmoral for the government to send them back just because their parents decided to come to America. By this time in there life they have spent so much time here that they could be considered American citizens .

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    Undocumented immigrants who were brought here when younger should be allowed to stay here because America was all they have ever known. Most likely th…

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  • Kobe from Florida

    Yes,they should be excluded because of the fact they are humans beings just like the rest of us here in the states,alot of these immigrants come from countries where there is war and crimes caused by people in that country they are coming from or started by bigger nations such as America or Britain and so on.It really shouldnt matter which age you are ethier.If i was in their position i would want someones help.If i was down and hurt i would want someone to help me.Their lives are important just like ours.I understand that people would not like immigrants coming here only because they use fear as their leading reason.Theyre scared American culture will be destroyed.But were all humans on mother earth and mother earth does not go by any nationality.It goes by life,as we should too.

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  • Michaela from Alabama

    Undocumented Immigrants brought to the United States as children should not be deported because they did not have a choice in coming to America in most cases. These children are protected under DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) because in most cases they have little or no ties at all to the land where they came from. Also, these children end up joining our military, paying taxes, and doing many things well rounded citizens in America due they just do not hold citizen status.

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  • Greyson from Missouri

    This is a controversial issue in today’s society. I believe that laws are in place for specific reasons. While I think it is sad to imagine people being deported, a decision like this can’t be based on emotion. Undocumented Immigrants could take jobs, health care and other benefits set aside for legal citizens of the United States.

    I think the best solution might be to rewrite the law allowing all undocumented children up until a certain date be allowed to stay in the United States. These undocumented children will be granted citizenship and must follow all laws of the United States.

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    This is a controversial issue in today’s society. I believe that laws are in place for specific reasons. While I think it is sad to imagine people bei…

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  • Izayah from Missouri

    Yes, I think that children should be excluded from deportation because sometimes the parents are immigrating for good uses like escaping dangerous countries or states like Afghanistan.The parents are trying to save their children and even if it means leaving their children in a safe country

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    I think that the children should be allowed to remain in the United States if they have relatives they can stay with or a family that is willing to take them in. Children need a stable and safe environment to grow up in and be well educated. The United States offers this to many families who come here, and many come here in the first place seek better lives for their children.

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    I think that the children should be allowed to remain in the United States if they have relatives they can stay with or a family that is willing to ta…

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  • Angela from Maryland

    These children didn’t have a choice to come to America legally. Many parents fear that their own kids could be in serious trouble if they stay in their own country. For example I listen and watch many stories about young children and their families who were threaten by gang members or robbers. Threatening their lives, as a parent wouldn’t many of you make a choice to move, so your family could be safe. During the 1700’s many Britain came to this country for better life and opportunity, why can’t these children have the same opportunities too. America was built by immigrants, Britain, Italians, Scottish, German, Poland, Africans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Chinese, Indians, Japanese, and many more. We should stop blaming the kids who are going to build this future and actually understand and protect their right and their safety, to make America Truly Great Again.

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  • Madi from Virginia

    The students did nothing wrong

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  • Alexis from South Carolina

    It doesn’t matter if they are children or not. There still shouldn’t be any undocumented immigrants in our country at all.

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  • Andrew from Michigan

    This is a very intricate and complex problem. The issue with making children immune to deportation is that their parents are not immune, and if the parents are deported it strands the child in a foreign land with no parents or support. The lucky ones will have other family or friends to stay with, but there will be those who wind up out on the street. In some cases, if the parents are being deported, it would be better for the child to go with their parents rather than staying alone and vulnerable. In my opinion, there should either be a system for allowing longtime illegal residents of the United States of America to quickly and easily become legal residents or at the least a certain age at which a child brought to America by their parents should be allowed to stay on their own if they choose- for example, at the age of 16 a child could choose to stay in America if they had been in the country for at least 2 years, or perhaps upon reaching age 18 all illegal immigrants brought as children are given citizenship with no penalties. The purpose is to allow those who enter the country illegally but still want to be contributing members of society to remain in the country and make it a better place with their presence without being exploited based on their illegal status.

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    This is a very intricate and complex problem. The issue with making children immune to deportation is that their parents are not immune, and if the pa…

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  • Kaitlin from Ohio

    As children we look up to our parents. We sit in awe at every single thing our parents do. Our compass of right versus wrong is only based off of what are parents do, not based off of the law, because children do not know what the law is. How can we, as a country, expect a child to stand up to their parents and say that they are not going to come with them to the United States because it is illegal? We cannot. Should we punish these children who have simply done what every other child would do, follow in their parents footsteps? These children come to the United States not because they are trying to circumvent the system but because they are simply doing what their role models, their parents, are doing. Once these children have entered the United States, this becomes their home. They arrive here so young that they have limited connections to the country they emigrated from, all they know is America. Some parents even hide their past from their children to prevent being caught by immigration. Imagine growing up in a place that you call home and then one day having a government official storm up to your house and arrest you, telling you that you must leave your home, the only place you know and go back to a country that you don’t remember. This is unfair treatment for someone who all they know and love is America. On top of this there are many illegal immigrants who came over so young that their parents did not tell them that they are illegal. Should they be deported when they have no idea that what they did was wrong? We, as a nation, cannot hold these children accountable for actions that they had no control over, and we cannot rip these children, these members of society, from their homes and force them to go back to a country that is now a forgotten memory.

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  • Kamece from Virginia

    Parents are bringing their children here to try and have a better life for them. Its not the children’s fault.

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  • Lilly from Florida

    American. What does it mean to be an American? Some think it means that you were born in America, others believe that you are not truly an American until you have fought for your county. I, on the other hand, have my own belief. I believe that to be an American, you must adopt a certain personality. You must support equality, change, democracy, and all forms of human life. Are these not just some of the traits are country was founded on? Are we to go against our founding fathers sole reasoning for separating from tyranny and create tyranny ourselves? We must accept those children who were brought to America in hopes of a better life! We must do everything in our power to protect them, just like we do to those born here! DACA isn’t perfect, and it’s not a permanent solution to the problem. However, getting rid of DACA and sending away children who were brought here is just a step back! Since when is it American to take a step behind progression? We must, as we always have, rise above.

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  • Rian from Missouri

    Yes, because the children could have been forced to go with the parents and sneak into the USA. They should be allowed to stay in the USA, but then get the right documentation to be a legal citizen of the USA. Once they get the right documentation, then they will be an official citizen just like the other people of the US. If you deported the children, then they would basically have to start their life all over in a country they probably did not spend too much time in. Another thing that could happen if you deported the children is that a lot of businesses will fall and go out of business and if your losing business then a lot of other US citizens will lose their job which would hurt the economy. When President Obama started the Deferred action for childhood arrivals, or for short DACA, he was letting children make up for the bad deeds that their parents did by coming to the USA illegally. When President Trump took down DACA he was trying to stop this so illegal immigrants would not be a problem. So now he is making laws so the people would have to get the right documentation so this would not be a problem. My last reason is some of these kids could maybe not even know they came in illegal with their parents. If they try to deport them, they could refuse and refusing could lead to death or injury of the kids that had no clue they’re illegal immigrants. That is why I think the kids should be allowed to stay.

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    Yes, because the children could have been forced to go with the parents and sneak into the USA. They should be allowed to stay in the USA, but then ge…

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  • Owen from North Carolina

    It’s simple, if they’ve lived here as long as they can remember, the United States is their home, not some other nation.

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  • Laura from Texas

    Many people, illegally or legally, came to The United States to hopefully get a better lifestyle to be able to give their current and future family a better life. As someone who has parents who immigrated to The United States, I have seen the struggle. It is not like they wanted to come but they had to because they had no money were they came from. The situation is the same for many of the parents of the kids in DACA. They may not have wanted to come necessarily but it is a better life for them and their child. If you had children and you knew that doing something that could potentially get you in trouble could give your child a better would you do it? That no matter how hard you worked every day it would never be enough for your children to live a happy life. Would you as a parent leave another child to starve and potentially die just because you could not stand the thought of having someone who is not born in your country walk on the same grounds as you. Imagine all the children who would be affected. Yet some people refuse to even think of helping someone who is not born in their country.

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  • Caleb from Montana

    They are not at fault for being brought over by their parents. If they came over illegally by themselves, then they should be sent back. But since it was not their choice they shouldn’t have to go back to a culture they didn’t grow up in.

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  • Thomas from Montana

    If they were brought over by their parents, they didn’t have a choice in the matter. If they didn’t have a choice, don’t punish them. Now, if they grew up and had the choice to do what was right, and chose instead to stay, then the can be deported.

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    If they were brought over by their parents, they didn’t have a choice in the matter. If they didn’t have a choice, don’t punish them. Now, if they gre…

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  • Mariana from Illinois

    When people are brought to a different country as children, it wasn’t their choice to move. Everyone has the right to pursue a better life

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  • melanny from Virginia

    I believe that children who were brought to the US as children should be excluded from the deportation process. Because they were brought as children, this country becomes the only home they know. It is unfair to have to send them to a place they do not know and can not claim as a home. Rather than trying to deport these children, the government should try to help them become legal by allowing the process more accessible to them. It was not their choice specifically to come into the country illegally, therefore they should not have to face the risk of being deported.

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    I believe that children who were brought to the US as children should be excluded from the deportation process. Because they were brought as children,…

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  • Ian from Kentucky

    They’re still just kids, but their parents want to be able to provide a better future for their children. Their parents have seen how much more their child could accomplish in America versus their home country. If the problem is with security, an immigrant child is no more likely to commit a crime than a native of a country. The children aren’t stealing identities or causing crimes when they come into the country,so why can’t they stay here? They’re people just like us and should be treated as such.

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    They’re still just kids, but their parents want to be able to provide a better future for their children. Their parents have seen how much more their …

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  • Cathy from Kentucky

    I think that if someone is brought to the United States as a child and grows up there, even if illegally, he or she should not be deported now. If a person came as an adult, it would be different, but a child generally does not choose to move, rather the parent makes the decision. That being said, I think that the child should participate in the process to become a citizen of the United States, even if he or she has been living here for a while without citizenship. In the end, it is wrong to remove a child from the place he or she has grown up in as it would disrupt his or her lifestyle greatly and lead to further problems in the child’s future.

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    I think that if someone is brought to the United States as a child and grows up there, even if illegally, he or she should not be deported now. If a …

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  • Maddie from Kentucky

    I absolutely believe that DACA should remain relevant to the United States and their ability to protect immigrants who have come here as a child or baby. Our nation was founded on equality for every single person, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. Throughout American history we have fought for equality with issues such as civil rights and same sex marriage and have won. Repealing DACA would be a huge step back for our country and what we stand for as a whole. These dreamers have come to America as innocent children simply because their parents wanted a better life for them, and deporting them would do nothing but hurt those immigrants, and hurt our public image as Americans. Every human deserves equal opportunities, and the place they’re born should have nothing to do with how successful they are in life. Success should be based off of talent and intelligence, not race or place of birth. For these reasons, I strongly believe that these immigrants should not be deported.

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    I absolutely believe that DACA should remain relevant to the United States and their ability to protect immigrants who have come here as a child or ba…

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  • Rachel from Kentucky

    I believe undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children should be excluded from deportation. Since they are children, they are growing and learn through their experience in American; therefore learn the rules and expectations from the United States. I believe there should be a set age for which you you are protected by DACA. Most children do not have a choice to leave their country and come to America, it is their parents decision; therefore I think they should have the right to choose to stay or not. The parents usually have a good reason for coming to America (to avoid danger, etc.) and the children should be protected from the reason.

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    I believe undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children should be excluded from deportation. Since they are children, they are grow…

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  • Mickey from Kentucky

    I feel like the kids don’t choose to be in America, and they don’t choose where they are born. So they should be allowed in America . The shouldn’t have to worry about being deported when our Country is good for everyone. They were raised here, they know everything about America. THey should be allowed to live here. But I also feel like they should register as a US Citizen when they are old enough to do so.

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    I feel like the kids don’t choose to be in America, and they don’t choose where they are born. So they should be allowed in America . The shouldn’t ha…

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  • Quentin from Kentucky

    We are all people. These are little kids we are talking about, our future rests with them. If they can prove that they can be good kids, go to school, and support the world in a kindly manner, then I don’t see a reason why they can’t stay in America. I haven’t heard any stories about immigrants causing a major ruckus in America. Beside, we should be trying to make friends and allies, not enemies or people to point fingers at.

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  • Jessi from Arizona

    If parents sneak into Disney Land with their children without paying and are then kicked out, do the kids get to stay and enjoy disney without waiting in line like all the other kids? Exactly.

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    If parents sneak into Disney Land with their children without paying and are then kicked out, do the kids get to stay and enjoy disney without waiting…

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    • Bailey from Iowa

      The problem with this logic is all people have to pay for admission to an amusement park, and there is no discrimination based on where they came from. The American immigration system is hard to navigate, and it can be years before someone is able to immigrate here legally. Many parents living in dangerous countries with small children come here illegally because they believe that despite having to start over in a new place with no aid and many risks, it is better for their children to grow up here in America than to live in a dangerous city.

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      The problem with this logic is all people have to pay for admission to an amusement park, and there is no discrimination based on where they came from…

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  • Paige from Arizona

    Immigarants who had no say in coming here should have no reason to be kicked out. End of story.

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  • Faith from Kentucky

    The immigrants that brought their kids to the US should be allowed to stay in the States. I understand that most of the parents brought their kids here for protection, but these kids have always considered their home the US. The only problem that i have with this is that these illegal immigrants are taking peoples jobs. If you look at the whole picture though, these kids grew up in the states and is now considered their home.

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    The immigrants that brought their kids to the US should be allowed to stay in the States. I understand that most of the parents brought their kids her…

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  • Julie from Indiana

    If they are being good citizens – working or going to school and not causing any trouble – they should get a chance to become citizens. Under current law (and it seems MANY people don’t realize this) they CAN’T apply for citizenship because they do not have proper entry documentation.

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    If they are being good citizens – working or going to school and not causing any trouble – they should get a chance to become citizens. Under current…

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  • Emma from Kentucky

    Yes, I think that undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States Illegally as children should be allowed to stay in the United States. They should be able to stay because they never had a choice to come here in the first place, and it would be cruel to uplift them from the place they called home since childhood. I feel like instead of deporting them we should teach them how to become US citizens.

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    Yes, I think that undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States Illegally as children should be allowed to stay in the United States. …

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  • Joseph from Kentucky

    I believe that undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children should be excluded from deportation. In almost all these cases where children were brought to the U.S. they had no choice and the U.S. was most likely a much safer place to live in. Many times illegal immigrants come to the U.S. to escape danger in their communities or parents bring their children here to give them a better opportunity. Most immigrants who come to the U.S. create a positive impact on our economy since almost all of them are hardworking individuals who are thankful everyday they get to live in our country. Many of them find jobs and are involved in a variety of jobs in the workforce. In many instances these parents who bring their children or children sent by themselves to the U.S. come here to avoid danger.

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    I believe that undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children should be excluded from deportation. In almost all these cases where c…

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  • Laura from Kentucky

    yes, I think that the people being supported by DACA right now should be excluded from being deported no matter how old they are now. When these children were brought into the united states illegally they didn’t have any choice. Children depend on there parents, when that parent makes the decision to move into the united states they do not want to do it illegally but majority of the time they do not have the money to be able to go through the process the parents concern many of the times is to come to a country that is free like the united states where dreams can come true, eventually many of the families to go through the process to become citizens. Many of these children who are in DACA are now in the 20’s and are going further in their education a better education than their country can offer and with this, they can help our country alongside with there family.

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    yes, I think that the people being supported by DACA right now should be excluded from being deported no matter how old they are now. When these child…

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  • Liz from Kentucky

    Yes, I do believe that undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children be excluded from deportation. If someone has been living in the United States for the majority of their life, they should have a right to living here from now on, if they have the initiative to become a citizen. I believe that the government should offer an option: either to leave the country or to become a citizen of the United States by starting the paperwork, which take five years. If these immigrants now have a life with a husband, children, house, job, they should not have to drop all of that to move back to their country that may even be dangerous to them.

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    Yes, I do believe that undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children be excluded from deportation. If someone has been living in th…

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  • peyton from Kentucky

    Yes. Immigrants coming to the United States are obviously in a rush or in danger. Nobody has time to wait to granted citizenship (via naturalization, citizenship takes 5 years). So to take in an immigrant that has escaped a harsh condition is an act of justice and an exercise of constitutional rights. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Instead of getting rid of these people we must find a better way to accommodate and help these people become citizens and functioning members of our great society.

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    Yes. Immigrants coming to the United States are obviously in a rush or in danger. Nobody has time to wait to granted citizenship (via naturalization, …

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  • josh from Kentucky

    I don’t have a problem with Immigrants coming to America. My problem is when they come here illegally, and take American jobs. I know they are just trying to provide for their families, and I am fine with that. As the issue of Daca, I don’t think that them coming over illegally was right. But they have built a life here in America, and I don’t think it is right to deport them to a country, that most of them have never seen before.

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    I don’t have a problem with Immigrants coming to America. My problem is when they come here illegally, and take American jobs. I know they are just tr…

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  • michael from Kentucky

    I think that kids that were born in the Us from parents that illegally got in should stay in the US. The kids shouldn’t go back to a place they’ve never been to. I feel like they should stay to a certain age then once they turn 18 apply for citizenship.

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    I think that kids that were born in the Us from parents that illegally got in should stay in the US. The kids shouldn’t go back to a place they’ve nev…

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  • Malia from Kentucky

    After being brought to the US as a child and being raised here, the US is that person’s homeland as much as anyone else’s. I do not think that they should be deported, but rather, they should become citizens of the US for full privileges of a citizen including the right to vote, work, go to school, and drive in the US. It is not right to displace any person after having grown up here. If they are born in the US, they are citizens regardless of their parents.

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    After being brought to the US as a child and being raised here, the US is that person’s homeland as much as anyone else’s. I do not think that they sh…

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    • brooke from Kentucky

      I completely agree, it is all they know. They have lived here their for most of their lives, if not all. Everything and everyone they know is here, in this country. To them this is known as their home, after all their whle lives have been here.

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      I completely agree, it is all they know. They have lived here their for most of their lives, if not all. Everything and everyone they know is here, in…

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  • Michael from Kentucky

    No, I do not think the kids and adults should be deported because I believe everyone should be accepted in the United States, as long as they are not causing harm and are working. I think our country is extremely better than other countries and it is much safer here for the immigrants than it is at their country. We all want peace in this world , but some countries are struggling. We should accept the immigrants that need help until it is safe and sanitary to send them back.

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    No, I do not think the kids and adults should be deported because I believe everyone should be accepted in the United States, as long as they are not …

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  • Josie from Kentucky

    Child immigrants are brought to into the United States without their consent. Therefore, if they choose to stay, it should be up to them. At this point in time as well, sending the DACA recipients back to their native countries, which they will most likely not remember living in most likely since they were brought here at a young age, would only harm their well being. Forcing them to leave is an inhumane act. Therefore, they should be excluded from deportation.

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    Child immigrants are brought to into the United States without their consent. Therefore, if they choose to stay, it should be up to them. At this poin…

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  • Melanie from Kentucky

    Yes I think that undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children should be excluded from deportation because, they have lived their whole lives in the U.S., they have contributed to our country through work and other things. It is not fair for them to have to completely readapt to a new country later in life.

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    Yes I think that undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children should be excluded from deportation because, they have lived their whole live…

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  • Abby from Illinois

    It’s not their choice wether to come to the US legally or illeagally. They should get a chance to fix their parents mistakes and document themselves. It’s unfair to punish children who probably don’t even know they are undocumented immigrants.

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    It’s not their choice wether to come to the US legally or illeagally. They should get a chance to fix their parents mistakes and document themselves…

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  • Maria from California

    A child is as innocent as they come. They rely on their parents judgement and actions to survive. Therefore, why should a child face deportation for their parents mistakes?

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    • Dylan from New York

      Children are punished all the time for the mistakes of their parents. That is just a fact of life. If you are worried about harming the children of criminals you basically could not enforce any law.

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      Children are punished all the time for the mistakes of their parents. That is just a fact of life. If you are worried about harming the children of cr…

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  • Lilly from Tennessee

    Should children be made to suffer for the “sins of the father?” In my opinion, the answer is no. America has been held up as a beacon of freedom yet many want to not only to turn away the “huddled masses,” but to also rip their offspring from cradle of liberty and send them to the great unknown of a country they have never known.
    This nation was built on the backs of immigrants. Fear and greed should not rule the day. Common sense and compassion is called for in the case of deciding the fate of these sinless children.

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  • Madison from Pennsylvania

    Unless you are a Native American, you are an immigrant, time for this current administration to accept their own heritage and be proud. Therefore, this country depends on all citizens, whether born here or brought here to make America great again.

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    Unless you are a Native American, you are an immigrant, time for this current administration to accept their own heritage and be proud. Therefore, t…

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  • Jackson from Missouri

    I think that kids should be able to be brought in. Because being deported can be really hard to live with and a lot of people in the USA don’t deport kids. There are a lot of bad people and countries all over the world and we are not that bad. And there are 12 million deported kids in the USA according to The Washington Post. So it is obviously working. That is why I think kids should be able to be deported in to United States of America.

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    I think that kids should be able to be brought in. Because being deported can be really hard to live with and a lot of people in the USA don’t deport …

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  • Blake from Ohio

    Everyone deserves a chance at happiness. I believe that even though this children came here illegally they did not have the power to choose different outcomes. They deserve to be here just like the rest of us.

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    Everyone deserves a chance at happiness. I believe that even though this children came here illegally they did not have the power to choose different …

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  • chris from Montana

    im sure many people have homes here and they don’t want to leave there homes. they are all ready home.

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    People that are born on American soil are citizens of the US, no questions asked. They did not break any laws or violate any policies, they were born with rights. Deporting children should be out of the question since they are American children, they deserve the treatment there parents receive. If the children grow up to be adults and are full blooded Americans, will they be deported as well. Deporting immigrant children is overall unfair and wrong in every way possible.

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    People that are born on American soil are citizens of the US, no questions asked. They did not break any laws or violate any policies, they were born …

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  • jeremiah from Montana

    I think that children that are born in the U.S.A are citizens of the US and should be able to stay if they choose to stay if they are over 18 years of age and have a job, also they have to be able to pay taxes like everyone else

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    I think that children that are born in the U.S.A are citizens of the US and should be able to stay if they choose to stay if they are over 18 years of…

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  • Margaret from Virginia

    These are children in the land of the free and the home of the brave. They’re brought here by their brave parents with the hopes that they’ll get to grow up with freedom. Deporting these children who deserve the same opportunities and rights as those who are born within the invisible lines that we call our land’s borders. They grew up with our culture and the people of the United States around them day in and day out, and sending them to an unknown land to them is like throwing a fish out of water and telling it to swim on its own. Everyone of them is someone’s child and child of Earth, just like every one of us within the United States. They deserve a safe and protected life within the States filled with liberty and pursuit of happiness just like anyone else does.

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    These are children in the land of the free and the home of the brave. They’re brought here by their brave parents with the hopes that they’ll get to g…

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  • Spencer from Montana

    In today’s world I feel that it’s important that we don’t excluded anyone from the pursuit of freedom or a better life. The immigrants first brought here as children didn’t have a choice or a say in coming to America. They have grown up or have been born knowing no other life then the one that’s been made for them here. So for us to take that away from them gives us a bed rep. Immigrants born or brought as children have earned their citizenship just the same as anyone else and they shouldn’t be forced to leave because of the decisions made for them.

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    In today’s world I feel that it’s important that we don’t excluded anyone from the pursuit of freedom or a better life. The immigrants first brought h…

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  • Brendon from Montana

    Most of these children had no choice but to follow their parents here illegally. At the time they wouldn’t have known if it was right or wrong they just believed what their parents told them. These children have spent most of their lives here. Most of them have been here long enough to be legal so I believe that they do not deserve to be deported

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    Most of these children had no choice but to follow their parents here illegally. At the time they wouldn’t have known if it was right or wrong they ju…

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  • Eden from Utah

    Where ever someone spends most of their childhood is where they want to call home. If we were to deport people who grew up in the United States back to where they were born they wouldn’t belong. Some people came here so early in their lives and that they don’t even know the language of there birth country. Deporting people to places they can’t make a living in is cruel and inhuman.

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    Where ever someone spends most of their childhood is where they want to call home. If we were to deport people who grew up in the United States back t…

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  • Jarrett from Montana

    Overall I think that everyone should have a equal chance in order to stay in the United States however I think that in certain circumstances there should be strict qualifications to if a infant should stay or go. In some cases there is Immigrants that have came to the US to overall start a new life and I believe that this is a very good thing for them to do because it is a ever growing nation of opportunity but it’s not a good idea to come to the United states to overall break laws and garnish funds. In general I believe (some) immigrants should be deported but others would be qualified to stay for example if an Immigrant is being a positive role to society and is upholding their own weight I believe that makes them eligible to stay however I also firmly believe that many immigrants also can be harmful to society such as being in jail importing drugs or in fact other illegal immigrants. All people who try to be something in life that is better than oneself should be able to have that opportunity, and to those to are harmful to society should go back from whence they came.

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    Overall I think that everyone should have a equal chance in order to stay in the United States however I think that in certain circumstances there sho…

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  • Kelsey from Montana

    I think that children should have an equal opportunity to grow up and go to school, and kids that are in America should not have to worry about getting deported because they are kids and the only thing they should worry about is what flavor ice cream they should get. Kids don’t understand what’s going on and to take them from there home to a new place is bad enough but to remove them from the place they just got comfortable being at is to much for children. So if the children are here just leave them here and let them at least try to make something of themselves.

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    I think that children should have an equal opportunity to grow up and go to school, and kids that are in America should not have to worry about gettin…

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  • W from Montana

    I believe that we should allow young immigrants to stay in america depending on their age rather than sending them back to wherever they are from. Also if the immigrant has arrived in america at a young age and grew up already I believe that we should not send them back because they could be full heartily american and we would be stripping them from their family, work, lives and sending them into an unknown environment. When they are a child they have no choice on where they are going to live nor make any decisions to alter their living situation, so we should give them a chance to be an american. Also if they are contributing to society and they are going to school and actually trying to be a full fledged american we should let them. They had no control of their lives when they were a child, so let’s give them a chance to live in a better country with more freedom and rights.

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    I believe that we should allow young immigrants to stay in america depending on their age rather than sending them back to wherever they are from. Als…

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  • Aleena from Montana

    Children who were brought here at a young age should be excluded from deportation because they weren’t old enough to make that choice for themselves. They grew up here knowing the American way. They also have a better opportunities for their futures here in the United States than in their own country.

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    Children who were brought here at a young age should be excluded from deportation because they weren’t old enough to make that choice for themselves. …

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  • Ridge from Montana

    Yes i do think that they should have a chance at america because a lot of them really didn’t have a choice and they had to come here because they would have a better chance at surviving if they just went to america and tried there luck. Yes they did have a choice but it was either they stay here and make no money or they go to America and try there luck out and just see if they are able to even have a chance and to see if they can make it. See if they can go out and live the so called American dream. Now go talk to an immigrant and they will give you great history on how they survived and how they will make it. All you really have to do if your an american is give the Immigrants a chance and just see if they bring destruction or if they bring help and maybe we could learn and improve on our country from history and mistakes from there country that they are coming from.

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    Yes i do think that they should have a chance at america because a lot of them really didn’t have a choice and they had to come here because they woul…

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  • Kyle from Montana

    I think “Dreamers” shouldn’t have to worry about deportation because they are only trying to find a better life here in america. The only ones that should be deported are the ones who are a risk to national/local safety.

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    I think “Dreamers” shouldn’t have to worry about deportation because they are only trying to find a better life here in america. The only ones that sh…

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  • Penni from Montana

    The DACA act mainly focuses on the children, not their parents. Although these children were brought here by their parents and therefore illegal they should not carry the weight of these consequences. In order for these children to remain in America, I think a bill needs to be in order explaining their rules for obtaining citizenship. America was found on immigration, with proper steps and care for these kids I think we can turn this negativity into a positive aspect of our society.

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    The DACA act mainly focuses on the children, not their parents. Although these children were brought here by their parents and therefore illegal they …

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  • Jacob from Montana

    Undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children should not be immediately deported. At this point in time, these individuals have been living in the country long enough and should be granted the ability to apply for citizenship. If they are serious about living in America then they should be able to pass their test and gain permanent citizenship. As for the other illegal immigrants that are not willing to take the test, they should be deported because they are illegal and not willing to become legal. America was founded on ideals of equal opportunity and illegals that are not willing to take that opportunity to gain citizenship shall be deported. In conclusion every illegal immigrant brought to the United States as a child (under 18 years of age) should be given the opportunity to apply for citizenship before being deported.

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    Undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children should not be immediately deported. At this point in time, these individuals have been living …

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  • Bailee from Montana

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), daca definition- darn all cats aahhhhhh said bailee to her grandma afteer carl ate her spagettios and cursed in her face an dthan left her alone on the couch. Bailee then proceeded to plan carls death as she went to the grage and grabbed a weed wacker and went to carls bed where he slept and wacked him good till he was dead. Bailee than took her spagettios back out of carl and ate them with such deliht and said yum and then remembered she had no dinner plans so in the oven carl went and boom dinner for one please.

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    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), daca definition- darn all cats aahhhhhh said bailee to her grandma afteer carl ate her spagettios and c…

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  • Morgan from Montana

    Children should be exempt from the deportation because they can’t make their own decisions. If the parents choose to move to the United States the children could be too young to make the decision or stay behind and live on their own. When they turn eighteen years old then they would have to make a choice to go back to their country or say and plan on becoming an American citizen.

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    Children should be exempt from the deportation because they can’t make their own decisions. If the parents choose to move to the United States the chi…

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  • Shailee from Montana

    They should be excluded from this act due to the age that they were brought to the United States.They weren’t old enough to really understand what is going on,they were brought to the United States because they are not old enough to provide for themselves.

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    They should be excluded from this act due to the age that they were brought to the United States.They weren’t old enough to really understand what is …

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  • Catherine from New Jersey

    they had no choice but to come here. their parents took them and they did not choose whether or not they could come. Then they spent their lives here, attending schools and getting jobs, building families and relationships, and all they know is their way of life here. Then, they’re supposed to be deported because their mom brought them here when they were two years old? No way. This is where they live and this is all they know, we cannot deport them because of a choice someone else made.

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    they had no choice but to come here. their parents took them and they did not choose whether or not they could come. Then they spent their lives here,…

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    • gabrielle from Montana

      I agree with you we cant blame them for a poor choice someone else made, these children were to young to even realize what was going on or what was happening. If they were to deport these children they would have to learn a whole different language and culture, apart from the one they know now. I feel that if the child can grow up and show how good of a citizen they can be to america they should be able to live here no problem along with their families, i feel as if the children need there parents in order to lead a good and happy life. So if the child and parents or family can show good citizenship they should be able to live in america.

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      I agree with you we cant blame them for a poor choice someone else made, these children were to young to even realize what was going on or what was ha…

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  • Courtnee from Montana

    Equal opportunity is what America truly is. A child can make it’s own choices when it depends on a parent/guardian. Now, I understand that there is uproar about how they should not be staying once they can fend for themselves in their “home” country. With the program DACA as long as they continue down the path of being a proper citizen and down the path of becoming a legal citizen, they deserve to stay. We all have been given the chance to be apart of this country because of our ancestors coming here for a chance. So, how can we kick them out?

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    Equal opportunity is what America truly is. A child can make it’s own choices when it depends on a parent/guardian. Now, I understand that there is up…

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  • Rayrobert from Montana

    Think back to when you were a child, you didn’t have to worry about you being tore from your home or you didn’t have to worry about being told you are not allowed to live here because you are “different” or didn’t belong do to where your parents are from did you? No because you were born here and just for that reason you are allowed you are accepted but what you don’t realize is not everyone gets that privilege because of where they originate. Now if you really want to start to deport immigrants from the US that should do with every immigrant not just the ones that are “illegal” that would mean every single person besides Native Americans and their decedents because no one race beside them originates from here. Now that sounds really ignorant or just down right not fair for all the other kids that were born here or called US citizens just like you and I, we wouldn’t want to be torn from our homes and kicked out just because our ancestors don’t originate from these lands.

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    • Seth from Montana

      Native Americans are immigrants as much as everyone else, they just came here before we did, and they destroyed civilizations that were here before THEM, so we might as well just leave the whole USA completely devoid of humans.

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      Native Americans are immigrants as much as everyone else, they just came here before we did, and they destroyed civilizations that were here before TH…

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  • Carla from New Mexico

    As someone who is related to an immigrant it’s hard to believe that at any time my sister might be deported. When my mom was 8 months pregnant with me she decided to come to the US. This means that if by any chance I was born premature or she wouldn’t have made it to the US I would have been born in Mexico. Unlike my case I can’t say the same for my sister. As I mentioned before she is an “immigrant” born in Mexico. I remember being 5 going to the dentist and always wondering why older sister wouldn’t go with me. That was the case with the doctors, for checkups or when I was sick. Because she was not born here she had no insurance meaning my mom had to pay out of her pocket. It was hard for her as she is a single mom. When My sister turned 16 she wanted a job. All her friends had jobs, and a license. Yet she couldn’t get one because she was not a US citizen. It wasn’t until 2014 when President Obama gave teens an opportunity to not live in fear of being deported. To be able to help their families by working and providing money. I fear for my sister being deported. As many say she sees the US as her only home. Being brought here when she was very young. Not remembering what her homeland even looks like. I wouldn’t want any family to be destroyed because they weren’t born here, they aren’t citizens. I wish we could see that we bring positive changes, we pay taxes, we help our society. We are not criminals, immigrants are not criminals.

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    As someone who is related to an immigrant it’s hard to believe that at any time my sister might be deported. When my mom was 8 months pregnant with me…

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  • Kelea from Montana

    While we can understand that illegal immigration is an issue that can impact our nation, we must also be able to conserder the circumstances around DACA and children brought to the United States illegally before they had the choice. More often than not, the people protected by DACA were brought to the U.S. very young and were raised as American children, knowing nothing different. Thus, we must have some empathy and consider how we might feel if we were torn from the only home we have ever known and forced to live in an unfamiliar country with an unfamiliar language and completely alone. These people protected by DACA are no longer children, but young adults attending college who are on their own. Approximately 1,000 people are living American life styles and are upstanding citizens of their communities that contribute to the local economies, and were selected to recive DACA protection by submitting fees and a thourough application. We can therefore conclude that the DACA program is highly selective, and not every person illegal brought to the U.S. as a child is accepted. Additionally, according to uscis.gov, people may only be protected by DACA if they “6) Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; 7) and
    Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor,or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety,” and must prove intentions of becoming a legal U.S. citezen. Ultimately, we can see that DACA is not only selective, but the people protected by DACA are upstanding citizens who are not causing any harm to the United States or their communities, simply trying to live out their lives. While everyone should go through the formal process of becoming a citizen, the people protected under DACA never had the chance to apply as a child, and are now taking steps towards becoming an American as young adults because the United States is their home and should therefore, be exept from deportation unless proven to be an otherwise threat to the U.S.

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  • karissa from Texas

    I think they should be excluded to a certain extent. Many that are brought in as children have no say in what is being done.

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  • Grace from Montana

    I believe that there should be an age limit that determines whether or not kids should be deported with their families back to the country they originally came from. Kids can remember events before the age of three when they’re small, but by the time they’re a bit older, those early autobiographical memories are lost. Kids don’t not know whats going on and is practically along for the ride because of their parents. By the time they reach the age where they can start remembering they will only remember the fact that the United States is their home. And once they’re grown and try to start college and their lives they wont be able to because of the fact that that they were brought of as an illegal immigrant but how are they suppose to know that if they cant remember anything before the age of seven? There’s possibilities where their parents kept it as a secret that they crossed the border illegally In hopes that that subject will never be brought up again.

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  • Shade from Montana

    DACA has requirements and steps to it. It doesn’t JUST grant people safety right away if they were brought in to the Untied States as a child. To keep it simple, a lot of these people said it better than I ever could with more detail; I believe Immigrants brought into the United States as children should be excluded from deportation.

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  • Isiah from Montana

    Most enrolled members of DACA arrived in the United States with their parents before they could make the conscious choice due to their young age upon arrival to the U.S. Additionally DACA requires that the person enrolling must have no felonies and be attending some form of educational facility and or program.
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  • katlyn from Montana

    I believe that deporting immigrants to their native country could be a good thing. Some children may have been brought to the U.S. against their will. It could also reconnect family ties, and their culture. Though if they’ve settled in the U.S. it could cause problems.

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    I believe that deporting immigrants to their native country could be a good thing. Some children may have been brought to the U.S. against their will….

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  • susep from Montana

    I’m sure there will be many of you who think people from other counry’s that should not be here in the U.S. becuase there not a american citizen from America. But if we all hade a day where everyone had to look up on ancestry.com or someother way to look up who most of your ancesters are and where there from would not be from the U.S. America is not where we be at lots of them i believe would be from Europe Africa and other country’s i dont know exacly withc ones though. So do that and think stuff like that through first becuas elot;s of Americans are not actually american and most of are ancesterds are not from here they like i said from other country’s forgein one’s and lots of those people that come from other country’s are running from war starvation bad living and are afraid time to most of them is so much more important then to most.

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  • Brooklyn from Montana

    Although this is a tough matter, children have no control over their parents actions. It’s tough to blame a child for their parent’s actions of coming to the U.S. illegally, therefor kids should get to stay. Our country is made of immigrants from years and years back, it isn’t fair to send a helpless child back to possibly a terrible country. Children know no better then to follow their parents actions, so why should they be punished for them? These children are also not dangerous, as many illegal immigrants are made out to be. How can an infant or a young child be considered a terrorist or a threat? It’s nonsense for the dreamers to be sent back to their country where here in America we can help.

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  • Hunter from Montana

    Undocumented citizens brought to the United States as children should be excluded form deportation. Children do not have a voice in where they are born or brought. The United States should not punish these children by abruptly deporting them to a country they may have never been to. Put yourself into an immigrants shoes and ask yourself if you would like to be deported from the country you were born in solely because of your race.

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  • Micalann from Montana

    Many people who come to this country come here to get away from their old country because they have a better future. They don’t have the time or money to make their children U.S. Citizens. Also, if an immigrant has a child in the U.S. they’re a U.S. citizen because they were born in the U.S.

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  • Talon from Montana

    Yes because they shouldn’t be deported back to where they came from. They seem to be very happy to live in the United States. They are enjoying their life and jobs.

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  • Bryant from Montana

    I believe that Illegal aliens that have been brought here shouldn’t be subject to deportation just because their parents brought them here. If these citizens are a responsible member of the country then they shouldn’t be deported

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  • Elijah from Montana

    Children who were brought here at a young age, and had no say to whether or not they wanted to be here should not be deported. They lived their lives here. They grew up here. They are familiar with our ways, our customs, our policies, our language. They go to our schools, our churches possibly, they have been our movie theaters, our restaurants, our local stores. All they know is the American way. This is where their life is. They know just as much as your little siblings.

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  • will from Montana

    Yes they should stay here… because they have a better life in the united state.

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  • Cody from Montana

    yes, to a certain age.

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  • Joe from Montana

    I believe they should be allowed to stay because they were brought here before they could make the choice. I believe it would cause a loss to our economy to deport DACA recipients, since many of these people are working and contributing to our economy.

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  • Marty Mcfly Williams (seth cheff) from Montana

    I think people should have the right to stay in the US. It’s not their fault that they were born here. They should be able to stay as long as they take a citizen test when they turn 16.

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  • Nicole from Maryland

    Every year, nearly 200,000 non-citizens many with kids who are have been living on the U.S for as long as they can remember, are deported and torn away from their families. In 1996, our immigration system made deportation a mandatory punishment for many non-citizens, judges do not have a say in deciding if deportation is fair. Families must choose between splitting up, resulting in single parent households and psychological and financial hardship, or forcing their children into deportation with them. These American children citizen or not a citizen may have to start over in a country with a new language, fewer resources, and an uncertain future.

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  • Litzy from Arizona

    When you are brought as a child to a country you do not know, it becomes the only place you grow to know. Taking people away from the only place they know to call home, from their loved ones, and ending all their dreams is no solution to anything. Morally they should not be deported, people forget that there was a reason their parents brought them to this country, so they could have a safer life and opportunities. They are contributing members of society: workers, students, neighbors, and friends.

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  • Isabella from Ohio

    For many DACA recipients, the United States is the only home they’ve ever know. It is not fair for our government to force them to abandon it and the life they’ve made for themselves here just because they were born into different circumstances that other Americans.

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  • Anique from New York

    Children aren’t capable/don’t have the choice in coming to this country at the age they are. Actions such as forcing one to be deported from a country they consider their childhood can cause irreversible mental trauma along with the factual that it is inhumane and cruel. It is easy to be in a relatively comfortable position and say opinions on life-changing matters for people. This issue needs to be looked at in a more perspective manner.

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  • Arya from New Jersey

    These children are illegal immigrants. That being said, we cannot blame them for being here. What child would remain in their home country while their family is fleeing. These children are here without their input. We cannot punish them for being a victim of circumstance. Further more what does this achieve. These children have been members of society for years if not decades. They are not random men and women who appeared out of nowhere and injected themselves into the unskilled labor force. They are people brought up in the ideals, culture, and educational system of America who have never even seen the foreign countries where they will be deported too. This will be the removal of people that have actually been tracked, regulated, and taxed by the federal government who will not disappear without repercussions. They are people that people will remember as their best friends in high school who liked the same music and hated the same classes as them. Again they are not nameless drifters but they are police officers, community college students, office workers, and social workers who remember the culture and circumstances that most Americans share. The nature of this begs the question “what is an American?”. I declare that it requires a certain degree of patriotism and shared ideals to be an American. That is what these people are, children that celebrated the 4th of July and learned about George Washington in the school system. Children that have been taught to be thankful for our democracy and justice. Equality, tolerance, and freedom have been drilled into our heads. The idea of a union that accepts immigrants, was built upon their work, and celebrates them through our melting pot and glorious monuments is a hallmark of their beliefs. Should we backtrack on these concepts by expelling them from their home? Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the other lands from which they were born in isn’t their home. Will we force them into cartel ridden ruined states that they don’t recognize? This question is saturated in ethics and what it means to be American. We have to recognize that these people are the prime example of an American and that the belief otherwise rejects hundred and years of immigration and progress which are within us all. Even those against DACA and immigration overall must recognize how we are all decedents of similar circumstances.

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  • Karina from Georgia

    Undocumented children who were bought to the United States as children should be excluded from deportation. They were bought to the United States as children who shouldn’t be punished for something that they had no control of. Many of these individuals have their lives in America, and they contribute to our country by serving the military, paying taxes , starting businesses that will improve the economy, and still go to school with a stellar record of good grades. Deporting them will destroy their life and break apart their families , who came here to see their children to achieve so much for themselves than their home country.

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  • Ryan from Indiana

    Should undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children be excluded from deportation?

    Yes, undocumented immigrants brought to the United States should be excluded from deportation because of the many adjudications and constitutional provisions relevant to this subject. The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution explicitly states: “…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

    This exact clause was cited by the Supreme Court of the United States in the 1982 case Plyler v. Doe. Writing for the majority, Justice William Brennan wrote: “Whatever his status under the immigration laws, an alien is surely a ‘person’ in any ordinary sense of the term. Aliens, even aliens whose presence in this country is unlawful, have long been recognized as ‘persons’ guaranteed due process by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments…[in] appellants’ view, persons who have entered the United States illegally are not ‘within the jurisdiction’ of a State even if they are present within a State’s boundaries and subject to its laws. Neither our cases nor the logic of the Fourteenth Amendment support that constricting construction of the phrase ‘within its jurisdiction.’”

    Chief Justice Warren Burger’s dissenting opinion even agreed with Justice Brennan’s aforementioned logic. Chief Justice Burger’s dissent agreed that it was not wise to withhold and deny public education to undocumented immigrant children. However, Chief Justice Burger’s dissent did not believe the Texas law in question was constrictive enough to be ruled unconstitutional. Instead, the dissent argued: “[the] Constitution does not provide a cure for every social ill, not does it vest judges with a mandate to try to remedy every social problem…[The majority is seeking] to do Congress’ job for it, compensating for congressional inaction.”

    Plyler v. Doe was one of the most important federal actions regarding undocumented immigrant children. Beginning in the late-2000s and early-2010s, the Congress began to consider the DREAM Act. This act would have provided a pathway to permanent residency and, eventually, citizenship for immigrants brought to the United States as children. Originally, the bill was considered, but failed due to a bipartisan filibuster in the Senate. The bill was considered by both houses of Congress again in 2011. The bill died in the Senate as a result of it not receiving the 60 necessary votes to defeat a Republican filibuster. Due to this terrible back-and-forth between the two houses of Congress, President Barack Obama announced DACA (the program providing deferred action for childhood arrivals, effectively protecting them from immigration authorities and deportation) on the thirtieth anniversary of Plyler v. Doe on June 15, 2012. DACA was officially a memorandum from the Secretary of Homeland Security detailing the President’s prosecutorial discretion with respect to undocumented immigrants that came to the United States as children. Further exemplifying President Obama’s frustrations with Congress, in 2013, a revised version of the DREAM Act finally passed the Senate. However, this bill was not even considered for a vote in the House.

    When paired together President Obama defended DACA and DAPA (deferred action for parents of Americans, i.e., deferred action for undocumented immigrants who had children born on U.S. soil and are, therefore, U.S. citizens) with the argument that the policies are legal and lawful because of the prosecutorial discretion delegated to the executive branch, by Congress, in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952. This discretion was challenged by many states since.

    The Supreme Court heard the case United States v. Texas in 2016. The case was considering the justifications used by President Obama’s Administration on DAPA (and, therefore, DACA). District Judge Andrew Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the District of Southern Texas implemented a preliminary injunction against the executive action taken by President Obama. This led to the executive branch appealing the judge’s injunction in the Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals located in New Orleans. After a delay, the majority of the U.S. Circuit Court affirmed the injunction and asked the district court to hear the trial once again. The majority determined that the Immigration and Nationality Act does not permit deferred action. In a scathing dissent, Judge Carolyn King argued that prosecutorial discretion makes the case non-justiciable and that there is no valid excuse or reason that the circuit court chose to delay its ruling. Appealing further, the executive branch petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States and was granted a hearing. On June 23, 2016, an equally-divided Supreme Court affirmed the U.S. Circuit Court’s ruling.

    Given all of this litigation and executive policy, the appropriate answer as to whether or not undocumented immigrants that were brought to the United States as children should be protected from deportation depends entirely on your interpretation of federal immigration law and the Constitution. If you agree with the Supreme Court of the United States, which is the ultimate authority on constitutional interpretation, then you agree with me when I say that yes, undocumented children brought to this country should be protected from deportation. It is not their fault that they were brought to this country as children. If anyone is to blame (which I don’t believe there actually is anyone to really blame), it would be the parents. However, the parents of the children were most likely simply trying to be good parents and give their children the opportunities they never had. The parents were simply trying to give their children the ability to pursue the enigmatic American dream. Therefore, I agree with the Supreme Court. The Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution applies to everyone (citizens and noncitizens alike) equally. Undocumented children are entitled to the same due process and protections that I am. I had no part in deciding the place of my birth, and neither did the undocumented children in the U.S. today.

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  • Nessren from Massachusetts

    Yes, I believe and support the notion that any undocumented immigrant brought as a child should be excluded from deportations. Immigrants (and to an extent illegals) are the backbone of our economy in the states. It is hard enough to see a hard-working father separated because of a lack of papers. It’s even worse when we realize they came here as a child. We have to consider the conditions under which brought them to our country. As a child of immigrants who have successfully become naturalized citizens, I understand the hardships of other first-generation children and personally know of the situation regarding the parents. Children are not going to know any better, they are not going to go out in search of a passport, or naturalization, so why should we hold that against them? Their parents brought them to the states in search of better life. As they grow up, they fear of the process of getting citizenship because the very first question will be asked- how did they get to the states in the first place? It is no surprise that these undocumented immigrants brought as children stay undocumented. To add insult to injury, it’s hard enough that they grew up without said papers, had to make a livelihood, get a job, and even may have started a family, only to get deported because of their status- that they are afraid to get in the first place. The U.S. government system needs to acknowledge these needs. Deportation should only be considered should the person(s) ace a threat to the safety of others, or is caught up with the law. Isn’t America the home of the free? Isn’t it supposed to be a country where people from all diverse regions could come to start a new life? Who are we to take that freedom away from them?

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  • Gregory from Wyoming

    There are massive economic consequences to deporting DACA immigrants. The Cato Institute conservatively estimates that the economic costs to America’s GDP would amount to $280 billion dollars over ten years. In reality, the economic impact will probably be even greater because this number is based on the average wages of dreamers today. Since many of these immigrants are still in college, they will likely have a larger economic impact that can not be equated yet. Furthermore, the American fiscal costs would equate to around $60 billion in things like transportation costs if all DACA members were deported. On top of this, since DACA immigrants are illegal, they have saved the government even more money by not adding to administrative costs the government pays for legal immigration, like the H-1B visa program for foreign workers. DACA kids will likely contribute the same amount to the American economy once the come of age as these legal immigrants, but without the extra costs.

    There are moral arguments encouraging legal immigration and “doing what’s best for Americans” that are used against the DACA program. In my view, by arguing ethics, there is no clear decisive answer to whether DACA exists. Supporters argue it is wrong to split up families, these people did not choose if they came here, and that these immigrants are still Americans. Opponents argue that they should’ve come legally, and we have to enforce our laws. These arguments likely won’t help someone on the opposite side understand their viewpoint and come to a consensus; there is no right or wrong argument.

    If the American government’s job is to look out for America’s best interest, then they should evaluate the DACA program based on how it helps Americans. The data speaks loud and clear. Keeping DACA intact would help America grow and prosper, benefitting (in addition to DACA immigrants) the American people.

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  • Adam from Texas

    I see no reason why children should be punished for the actions of their parents, especially when those parents took the actions they did in search of a better place for their child to live. Concern for a child’s safety is no crime. While I do believe we need a secure border, if we are unwilling to be merciful to those who truly, desperately want to live here, then our country’s values ring hollow to us and to the rest of the world.

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  • Jack from New York

    DAPA may be a different story, but Children especially ought be allowed to stay. If these people go back to their home country, to which most have never been in their cogniscent lifetime, there is a high chance that they will be seen as tourists, or new comers or be basically picked on by the locals. The reason why most people are leaving their country is because it’s dangerous. Think about it… how often on the news do you hear of a huge delegation of DACA immigrants coming from Bora Bora, Fiji, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, etc.? Never. How often do you hear on the news… “A DACA child did [insert any crime here} today!” … Never.
    Let them stay for their own safety and also because they do provide an economic benefit too, if you prefer to go that route in the debate

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  • Jennifer from Texas

    YES I do believe that those who have been brought here illegally be excluded from deportation. It’s not there fault that there parents couldn’t provide them a citizenship due to their immigrat status. They should be given the opportunity as every person here in America. We should be able to give Equity amount of opportunities and a chance to live a better life and live the American Dream. America use to be the land of the free and Home of the brave but yet it has to turn to the land and home of the rich and white. Deportation of the children that have been brought her illegally were oblivious to their immigration status, why should their dreams be crushed..

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  • helen from Massachusetts

    I am a Dutch citizen as well as an American citizen. I grew up in Holland where there are indeed similar issues that are now arising because a more conservative party has gained control of the government. Currently in Holland there some rules around immigrants and becoming a citizen. these rules, in fact, state that anyone can become a citizen as long as they have no criminal record. In order to become a citizen, you need to pass a test which is given to you by the state and is performed in dutch. Growing up in Holland I went to a very diverse school where I had a lot of contact with people who had parents that had become citizens in this way. I also had a lot of contact with people who were not citzens yet and were waiting on aproval by the state. most of these people were only inrolled in our school for a few months and then moved away again. this was because while they were waiting for aproval by the state they were required to live in a “asiel” or asylum but in the sense as a group home owned by the state. These asylums were constantly filling up and moving people around. a lot of the people that I saw around me came from some trully horrible places and told horrible stories about their expierences. I remember that one of the kids which was living in an asylum once told a story of how his village in somalia was captured by rebels while he was in school and he had to be escorted home by some of his neighbors who had come to help the kids get out of school. I wont go into anymore detail but it was enough to horrify me enough to trully believe that anyone should have a fair shot at a good life, and anyone should be able to seek asylum in a place different than their home because their home is under attack.

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  • Jacob from Arizona

    DACA recipients are people who were brought to the United States at a young age – before they turned 16 – through no fault of their own. With DACA protections, these people are allowed to work and live in the United States. They pay taxes and contribute to the American economy in exchange for deferred access for a period of two years which is renewable.

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  • Carson from New Jersey

    Members of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program know only one home: the United States of America. Brought here as youth by undocumented parents, these youth had no control over their circumstances. It’s not their fault they were brought here illegally. Most of them are now hardworking, taxpaying citizens, doing their best to make a life in the greatest country on Earth, and they shouldn’t be punished for something they couldn’t control.

    Once they are here, if they commit crimes while on American soil, they can be deported according to United States law. But this country is the only home they have ever known, and they shouldn’t be kicked out as a result of the actions of their parents. These undocumented, innocent immigrants should be granted a path to U.S. citizenship, and enjoy the rights and privileges of living in this country. After all, they go to our schools, play in our parks, work in our businesses. If they aren’t criminals, why shouldn’t they be treated the same way as we are?

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  • Rob from Maryland

    It makes economic sense.

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  • Dylan from New York

    The recipients of DACA or so called “dreamers” should not be excluded from deportation. They are here illegally. The left will say it is not their fault, it is their parents fault. If you use this logic that you cannot enforce any criminal law where the perpetrator has children. Bernie Madoff ran a Ponzi scheme and stole billions from investors and is currently in prison. Arresting Madoff obviously hurt his children (one committed suicide) but he still belongs in jail. You cannot let him walk free because it hurts his kids. When someone robs a bank their kids are harmed by their father going to jail but you cannot let a bank robber run around on the streets. No one said don’t punish the Enron executives because it hurt their kids, no they went to jail. Children are punished for their parents actions all the time, so let’s dispel the myth that you can’t punish someone if it hurts their kid. What about all of the American dreamers stuck in inner cities trapped in failing schools, the college student deep in student loan debt or the child of a coal miner who lost their job in West Virginia. Don’t they matter more than NON-AMERICANS? On top of that you can still have several misdemeanors and qualify for DACA. Why would we protect criminals? Criminals are not the best and brightest like we are told. Family is a unit if your family has to go back to their home country you do too. It is just like when your parent takes a new job and you have to move with them, then go to a new school. These Dreamers already have enjoyed a word class education funded by the U.S. taxpayers. Isn’t that generous enough? These Dreamers are not these little kids like the media describes. Their average age is 25-26. You can even be as old as 35! Only 22% are younger than 25 years old. This is when people move away from home and get a job, so they are capable of being somewhere besides the U.S. The Democrats say this is the only country the Dreamers know, but then why are 25% of the Dreamers “functionally illiterate” in English? They do not learn English and this will harm American culture. The Mexican border will begin to creep North as Arizona and Texas become more like Mexico. The U.S. would eventually become a colder version of Mexico. Another argument is that the Dreamers are best and brightest. This is not true because only 4% of Dreamers aged 15-32 hold college degrees compared to 18% of Americans 15-32. Fewer than 900 Dreamers are serving in the military out of 800,000. Another claim proved false. 3/4 of the Dreamers earn less than $25,000 . The median income of an American is $59,400 compared to $32,000 for Dreamers. According to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration manger 40%-50% of DACA recipients are fraudulent. If we give the Dreamers amnesty it rewards people who violate laws and will encourage more illegal immigration. People will cross the border to bring their children to the U.S. 400,000 illegals crossed the border after Obama signed the unconstitutional DACA executive order. Dreamers qualify for social entitlements and amnesty will cost $6.3 trillion. These Dreamers have a serious crime problem. In Arizona Dreamers are 142% more likely to commit crimes than their peers. Furthermore the Dreamers are only .81% of the Arizona population but are 8% of the states prison population. Dreamers are 168% more likely to commit murder in Arizona. The Dreamers are not the best and the brightest. It is time we put America first and protect our forgotten American Dreamers.

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/13/daca-migrants-have-one-quarter-college-graduation-americans/amp/

    https://www.google.com/amp/www.breitbart.com/immigration/2017/09/05/14-things-msm-wont-tell-daca/amp/

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    https://www.google.com/amp/www.newsweek.com/dreamers-daca-statistics-trump-deadline-657201%3famp=1

    https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/new-study-flakes-daca-dream-arizonas-crime-nightmare/

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    • Quentin from Minnesota

      First of all, you need to check your sources. It’s nice that you cited your work, but if you want anyone to take you seriously you might want to use credible and unbiased sources. (Hint: Breitbart is not a credible or unbiased source). Secondly, I believe you have the basis of the debate mixed up. The purpose of DACA is to protect people who did come here illegally but against their will as children, not the parents of. The dreamers are the individuals who have since grown up almost their entire lives in the United States. When they say this is the only country they know, they aren’t exaggerating. Imagine if your family moved across state lines when you were 3. How much could you have done then. Then you grow up, you graduate, and start to build your life in this state. Then someone comes up to you and tells you go back to the state you were born in. Chances are, that would be pretty tough, especially if you had no choice in the matter and couldn’t make any prior arrangements. Now apply that to a different country. Do you really think this is just the simple answer? Deport and forget? Perhaps you should look up the poem “The New Colossus”. This words in this poem long resonated with the American people. It wasn’t a matter of political views or leanings, it was just the way people felt. And now there is a movement of fear of the outside world that has dramatically changed the way the faint of heart look at immigrants. The same people, mind you, who built this country. Now if you want to come back with statistics that are from reliable sources that do not only provide data for what the message is trying to push, I’d be more than happy to listen, but until then, have a great day(s)

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    • Sophie from Louisiana

      First off, you can’t generalize that every DACA kid’s family is involved in crime or call them criminals for that matter because it is an untrue statement, not every immigrant, legal or not, is a criminal, tons of them work hard day by day to contribute to the United State’s progress and those kids who have lived there their whole lives and study, work, pay and give their all for the U.S. are just as american as YOU are. Secondly, yes children are punished for their parents REAL crimes all the time by suffering what has happened with their parents but parents who took their families tpo live in the United States didn’t do it out of pleasure but for necessity. The United States is a country based on opportunities and acceptance, should’t they all deserve that then?

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  • Ryan from Arkansas

    The United States has immigration laws for a reason, mainly to equip those who immigrate with the right information to assimilate and to provide them with the right paperwork so that they can become Americans with all the protections that entails. When people immigrate illegally and bring their children, they are, by definition, breaking the law. There is, for the most part, no intention to deport these people, just that they become nationalized and assimilate, and that includes the children. They may be perfect citizens, but until they are nationalized, they are in the wrong.

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  • josiah from Oregon

    America is a nation of law and order. There are certain rules regarding citizenship that are delineated in the Constitution, and these should be followed. There are good people that have been waiting years to get their citizenship, and DACA is not fair to them or to any current citizen. These “dreamers” are not little kids like the media wants you to think, they are mostly full grown adults who should be held responsible for their crimes–illegal entry into America. If we bend on this issue it will set a bad example for future immigration issues. There is not Constitutional basis for letting these lawbreakers into the country. They already are ripping off our government with their free college and free healthcare and whatever else they get for free. They should be treated like any other criminal guilty of illegally crossing the border–deportation.

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    • Quentin from Minnesota

      The dreamers are adults because they have since grown up since they were children. That’s something that kids will do every once in a while: grow up. So that means that although the dreamers were brought here as children, they are granted citizenship through DACA because this is the only country they know. This does not apply to every illegal immigrant, for example: an illegal immigrant who is of majority age and intentionally and illegally comes to the United States. That person is not granted DACA and is deported.

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    • Olivia from New Hampshire

      Who gave us the rights to the land that we call the United States? You may say we purchased it or won it in battle, but who had the right to own it in the first place? Who is to say that this land is ours and no one else’s?

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  • Megan from Colorado

    I do not think those undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children should be subjected to deportation because it was not their fault for coming over to America undocumented. They did not know that they needed a visa to live in America. If they are not causing any harm to our society, I do not believe they need to be deported.

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  • Elijah from Kentucky

    Illegal immigrants are classified as illegals for a reason: they are breaking the law. One does not have to be a drug dealer or a serial killer to be a criminal. Just because a person is brought to this country at a young age, that does not therein mean they are not still breaking the law. If they have lived here most of their life, the citizenship test should be easy for them to take. We have a system of laws in this nation, and a legal process that allows these people to obtain citizenship. They need to respect that process and follow the law. If they do not, then they really are criminals. The “dreamers” should not be treated differently from any other illegal. If they were not born here, they are not citizens, simple as that.

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    • Alex from Colorado

      I see your point, but I have to say I disagree, we live in a country that is build upon immigrants. The ‘dreamers’ in this case, just like you and me, had no choice or say in where they live. As for them going through the citizenship process, immigrants still have to go through this process, but it’s no where near easy, and just doesn’t happen in an instant.

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  • Andrew from Massachusetts

    They don’t belong here, why give any rights to illegals? If your a good person you should pass through the qualifications just fine

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  • Kyle from Ohio

    When they become old enough they should have to apply for citizenship. If you just want to reap benefits without sowing anything you’re a detriment to society.

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  • Ethan from California

    No, because American taxpayers will be paying for them to be here. Besides, undocumented immigrants can be used as anchors for their parents to come too, and that is a major issue. Just because their parents took them to the U.S., that does not exempt them from deportation. Illegal immigrants have taken American jobs and places for American students in institutions of higher education. Many of them also bring drugs and crime here. For example, look at Kate Steinle. She was killed by an illegal immigrant. Even more recently, Edwin Jackson, a linebacker from the Indianapolis Colts was killed by a drunk illegal immigrant from Guatemala, who’s been deported twice. Thus, for those reasons, they should not be exempt from deportation.

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  • Jake from Arizona

    Kids that are from other countries that came here illegally are still Illegal ailiens and should not be allowed in the United States, or be allowed to reenter once they are deported.

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  • Bradley from Missouri

    I believe that the children who are were born here and there families should follow the necessary steps to become citizens or they as families should go back to the country they came from if they choose not to do so. They should be allowed a certain amount of time to do that and if they don’t follow the process, then they should not stay here.

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  • Jake from Florida

    I think that if you came here illegally with your family and you were not born on United States soil, you should be deported with your family.

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  • Duane from Arizona

    Think of it as a metaphor, “If your family snuck you and themselves into Disneyland, where there are rules that state it is illegal, and once caught demand that not only you remain but have a life pass payed by disneyland” that sounds absolutel riddiculous and is very hard to believe anyone would support it, but why do they support it when it comes to our nations borders, does that not bother one when a capitalist enterprise is closer to ones heart than the borders and security of our nation. The “children” of DACA were brought illegally and pratically demand to be given not only amenesty but equal rights compared to the working class that now have to pay taxes for not only themselves but also these “children” now is that fair or should these daca ” children” just be sent back with the education our nation has to offer and thus they can make a differnece in their own nation and country and make their country great, even if they were all excelling and the pride of the nation shouldnt they build their own nation up to higher standards, we cant take all the dreamers and make them make america great,or any better than it already is, instead other countries should use their citizens and work to make their country better and help secure a future not only fod themselves but for fheir children and the future generations.

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  • Jeanette from Kansas

    No, because the children who were brought here didn’t have a choice of their own and honestly weren’t aware f situation cause of how young they were at the time so I think they should allow them to stay,

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  • Caden from North Carolina

    If they aren’t Ameicans, they don’t have our rights.

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  • Wyatt from Alabama

    Regardless of whether you believe that illegal immigration is a problem, undocumented children were brought to the U.S. by their parents with no say in that. Most of them were brought here as babies or very young children, so many of them don’t even know the country they were born in. Many others were born after their parents immigrated, meaning that they’ve never even been to that country.

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  • Sophie from Missouri

    I think mo because even if you came into they country illegally that’s not your fault as a child so i think the child should not be deported. In 2013 198 criminal immigrants were deported and 240 non criminals were deported too. That’s not fair to the people that are innocent. I think that if a child comes into the country illegally they should be put into a class or test so they can become a citizen. That way you can keep the country safe from criminals and the people can become citizens.

    “The Trump administration’s rush to remove any and all undocumented immigrants has resulted in an almost 40 percent increase in immigration arrests”

    Yes this is important to undocumented and unsafe immigrants, but what about those who are coming for various reasons, such as to live in freedom, to practice their religion freely, to escape poverty or oppression, and to make better lives for themselves and their children.

    So I think no they should not be deported but taught to be a citizen and they can live freely.

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  • Sachin from Massachusetts

    Unlike many others on this side of the debate, I do firmly believe in the beneficial power of immigrants, and I do not support limiting or restricting who can enter our country further than the current restrictions. This said, illegal immigration is illegal. All the time. As much as I welcome potential contributors and believe that violent, nefarious immigrants are far outweighed in number and impact by the good-intentioned immigrants, a government must be relied upon to uphold the law, whatever the law may be. Salutary Neglect has no long-term benefits, and cracking down on it ignites outrage (American Revolution, Jeff Sessions’ statement on marijuana, etc.). For this reason, DACA, which directly undermines the immigration law of the United States, must be repealed to rectify the contradictions currently present within the system and to reinstate the necessary respect for government and law. In the words of a great president, “A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation”.

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  • jackson from Missouri

    i think no beaucuse kids are what keep a lot of illegal imagrents in the usa. i do think that children born in the usa should be able to stay though.

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  • Juan from Florida

    Those illegals take opportunities from Americans who were born here or went through a long and costly process

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  • Whitney from North Carolina

    There are specific laws and standards set in place for immigration that serve a purpose. No one is above these laws. If we allow people to twist and turn these set standards, then when can you draw the line for others that want to do the same for different laws? There are so many different circumstances that it is impossible to do a case-by-case analysis to determine whether a minor should be considered for eligibility to stay in the United States. In order to keep it fair for everyone, there should be a clear interpretation of the law that is followed in every case. However, I do believe that there should be equal opportunity for all minors to apply and do what is necessary to obtain citizenship. It would be awesome if there were a organization developed that could help guide minors in the application process, while also providing help and tools to complete the their applications. I also think that there should be a law that gives minors, that show evidence of being in the process of applying, an allotted time to do so, in order to obtain citizenship and forego deportation.

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  • Daniel from Pennsylvania

    No. The law is the law. The US government needs to enforce its laws. If they are illegal, they are illegal.

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  • Tabby from Ohio

    Even though they are a child and do not have an opinion or choice on where they go with their parents, an immigrant is an immigrant and the undocumented immigrant must become legal.

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  • Ernesto from Texas

    Many people are blinded by emotion when arguing on this topic, this is a topic where all emotion needs to be pushed aside and only the legal side should be looked at. It is against the law for people to cross the border illegally and rewarding people for breaking the law should not be taking place. The Untied States needs to make it firm that there is a legal way to immigrate into the United States. Again, rewarding people who came here illegally will not deter anybody from coming to the United States, but it would more likely welcome them.

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  • Joshua from North Carolina

    While many argue that deporting children who were brought here without a say is immoral and wrong, deporting the children of undocumented immigrants would greatly deter illegal immigration. Many illegal immigrants capitalize on weak U.S. immigration laws and exploit them to allow for their children to secure citizenship in our country. The U.S. must stand firm and strong on our policies, including immigration. Deporting children comes as part of the firm institution of our immigration policies and must be done, and anyone who crosses our southern border, or any border for that matter, should respect and understand the United States’ laws and the repercussions.

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  • Annie from Kentucky

    I think that we shouldn’t exclude illegal immigrant children from deportation. I say this because they are still illegal. If they wanted to stay in the United States, then become a citizen. They parents that had the kid were not supposed to be her in the first place, so they child should not be here illegally either. The USA has many laws about illegal citizens to keep our country safe and we need to enforce those laws.

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  • Quinn from Kentucky

    I believe that the children brought here illegally should not be allowed to stay in the United States. I believe they should be able to apply for citizenship in order to stay in the United States, but just because they came here not knowing they were breaking the law, they should still be treated like anyone else breaking the law. The children are still breaking the law, no matter how you look at it, and they should be treated like such. I know it was out of their control that they broke the law, but they still broke the law and should be treated like so. If life in their home country is to unbearable to live there, they can apply for citizenship back into the United States just like the other legal immigrants have to do.

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  • Tanner from Kentucky

    I think that undocumented immigrants, no matter the age should not be aloud in the country because they are here illegally and the problems and issues that they can bring are not worth the benefits. I mean if they go back and become a citizen legally then I have no problem with them coming into our country. But them being here illegally means that more jobs will be taken, the amount of drugs can increase and even the crime rate could increase. Even though the immigrants want a better life for them and their families, it doesn’t mean that they can leave their horrible state of a country and cause our country to become in a horrible state too. I know that some of these immigrants can have positive effects on our country but they also can have a horrible effect on our country. At the same time, even if we deport most of the immigrants, they will just come back into our country the same way they did the first time. So there is really no way of stopping them unless we patrol the border more effectively.

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  • Evan from Kentucky

    Children shouold not be excluded from the deportation of immagrants. This is because most of the children brought to the United States came over with their families. By excluding them from the deportation, you are separating a child from their family.

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  • Steve from Kentucky

    Allowing children to enter the country illegally only to be excluded from deportation is not the direction this country should go. Opening the door to these possibilities permanently would lead to a much higher immigration count in the United States. Something we are trying to avoid. It’s sad to say but we should not adjust and change out laws and stances because of children. It is simply not fair for those who spend so much time and effort working to become a legal citizen when others may be able to walk in as a minor. It is very simple that if you are born in the U.S you are a U.S citizen and if you are not born in the U.S. you are not a U.S citizen. Our country needs to build a backbone.

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  • Madyson from New Jersey

    The United States of America has many laws in place about what needs to happen when there are illegal immigrants. These laws are in place because they are crucial to keeping our country, and the citizens of our country safe and happy. So why is there an argument about certain people being excluded from deportation? Many people who believe that children who’s parents brought them here should be excluded from our illegal immigration laws think that it is entirely correct for this to happen because these now adults were children when they were brought here, and they could not have done anything else. You see while that might be the case, there are also laws in place such as the VI US Citizenship Law which states that once you turn 18, it is completely possible for you to apply for citizenship as long as you pass the English test, Civics test, History test, and can show that you demonstrate “good moral character.” If these immigrants really wanted to stay in the United States, they would have have done whatever they needed to, to ensure their citizenship to the United States. If they aren’t willing to put forth the effort for citizenship when no one is threatening them with deportation, then why should they have the right to stay?

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    • Julie from Indiana

      They can’t apply for citizenship, under the law, unless the leave the country and then try to come in legally.

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  • Logan from Georgia

    As much as it pains my heart to say, No they should not be excluded. The laws should not be swayed for a minor, because at which point do you draw the line. Should you let a child get away with theft, armed robbery, battery, drinking, etc. No, even in the event that their parents came up with the idea they should not be excluded. You don’t let an accomplice to a robbery get away just because they didn’t do the yelling or driving; I will say it once more, I do not say this with an easy mind, I am well aware that this could go badly for the children but if the parents were so worried about their children’s future they should have worked their fingers to the bones like all the poor people elsewhere so that they could afford to give their children a better life. The correct way is not always the most ethical, but facts are most always worth far more than feelings.

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  • Jackson from Arkansas

    These undocumented immigrants are no longer the innocent children they once were. They have grown up and matured. They are capable of making their own decisions. If an undocumented immigrant wanted to, he or she could apply for citizenship and go through the process of becoming a citizen just like other immigrants do. But if an undocumented immigrant chooses to leave their citizenship status in limbo and commit a crime, they should not be excluded from deportation simply because they were brought here many years ago by their parents.

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    • Valerie from Illinois

      These children did not choose to “commit a crime”, their parents wanted what was best for them, don’t you think your parents would do anything they could to keep you safe and make sure you have the best education possible? This process to the journey to citizenship is extensive and difficult for many people.

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  • Seth from Montana

    Unless the children in question are actively pursuing citizenship, they should be deported. They are not here legally, and exceptions to the law ARE exploited, whether or not the child knows/participates in this exploitation. Unless we deport those not working toward citizenship, this problem will only get worse.

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  • Josh from Ohio

    I don’t think so because there parents were here and had a kid and the parents weren’t supposed to be here in the first place so that should not allow there kids to be here they should have to do everything that a normal person wanting to come to the united states would have to do to get in. Because thats not fair to the people that actually want this country to prosper. Because all of the illegal immagrents couldn’t care less about what happens to this country. And everyone is just handing them opportunities left and right and our own people are suffering.

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  • shane from Alabama

    no if there not born in america they should be shiped back tho there country because there illegal aliens if there born in in america they should be given aid if there are taken to give them a chance to get a start without there parents

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  • Jaryn from Montana

    Even though they’re brought to Merica they still are declared as illegal aliens and by making them so they can’t be sent back to where they belong. They don’t have the choice as a child because their parents will say that they have to because they said.

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  • Braden from Montana

    I think that they should have to go back to where they are from. If they were brought here illegally than they need to go back. Try and come back legally. There are a couple certain reasons I think they would be able to stay like if they were born here or were brought here in the first year or two of their life.

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    • hogan from Alabama

      Yah I agree

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    • Monica from California

      I think that it should be on a case by case approval. If they have received any assistance such as medical, which they get in CA. Or where not able to pay for their own application, I don’t believe they should qualify. My children don’t qualify for school lunch, I pay for my daughter to attend pre-school. Can’t afford to go to back to school, they will finish and become my boss, and my taxes paid for the school.

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  • Victoria from New York

    Just like if we are born to a US citizenship because our parents are citizens of the US,
    If someone is born to a citizenship other than the US they are not legal citizens. There are ways to become US citizens, so if they want to stay here they must become legal citizens or leave, doesn’t matter if you are a kid or not.

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    • Daniel from Pennsylvania

      But Miss Valerie, that is a head-scratching response. Just because people are here for OPPORTUNITIES, as you said, doesn’t mean that we can just let them stay. They ARE illegal.

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    • Valerie from Illinois

      How would you feel if you were forced out of the only country you have ever known? These children were brought here for one reason, OPPORTUNITIES. These amazing children should not be labeled as “illegals”, they should be labeled as dreamers, because that is exactly what they are. DACA recipients should be allowed to contribute their academic talents, ingenuity, and perseverance to this great nation. They are solely seeking the chance to get the best education and opportunities they could never obtain in their birth country. Deporting them would be inhumane, cruel, and a huge mistake, they bring their hard work and diversity to the melting pot we need to preserve.

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    • Kendel from South Carolina

      If you are not born in the United States, you are not a citizen. Children should not be excluded from deportation because they are illegals too, and depending on the child, they would be separated from their parents, and children need someone they have a bond with to get through tough times. doing this would promote child neglect, and I know what neglect feels like. It is not something I would wish on anyone.

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  • Tyler from Florida

    The children that are brought here as children illegally are here for one reason.
    To anchor their parents who came here illegally. They are brought or even born so that the parent has an excuse to lean on when prosecuted for illegal immigration. This way they can guilt people who are against illegal immigration and because of this they think themselves untouchable from being brought back to their country. The parent is always responsible for their child until they turn 18. Therefore the child must be deported with them. Once they reach 18 they shall be allowed the ability to register themselves as a US citizen legally.

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    • Daniel from Pennsylvania

      Yes!! Exactly

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    • Ian from Florida

      The remarks here are, for the most part, sound and logical. While I do not agree with everything Tyler says, illegal immigrants are breaking the law by entering the country illegally. While I sympathize completely with those who feel morally obligated to protect those who are less fortunate, we must remain resolute on our rules and regulations. It is a sad matter of fact that not every potentially valuable member of society gets to live in our country, but accepting just anyone who gets into the country isn’t the solution. There is a great number of people in the world who seek to either harm our country or leech from its benefits, and the legalization process is what ensures those who wish to become citizens are safe and beneficial to American society. Personally, I believe there can be exceptions, but in any case, DACA is unfair to legal immigrants and directly undermines the point of having a legal method of entering the United States in the first place.
      Regardless, I do not believe a ‘yes or no’ answer is the clearest. With any subject, I always prefer to take a case-by-case perspective. Lets break the debate boundaries and think outside the box:
      Who is this immigrant? How old are they? How attached are they to their parental figures, or did they come here alone? Where does the immigrant come from? What race/sex/ethnicity are they? Are they oppressed where they come from? Are they seeking asylum from war or oppression, or are they merely running from impoverished conditions to attempt and assimilate into a more prosperous society?
      From a certain standpoint, these questions should be the deciding factor in whether or not it’s the best decision to allow an illegal immigrant to integrate into our society. For example: A fearful refuge from a ravaged war-zone with no opportunity left has come to the United States illegally, because the several-year verification process would likely have them killed before they’d complete the aforementioned process. Should they be treated the exact same as say, for an opposite extreme, an unfortunate, poor Canadian child hitchhiking his way into the US and trying to integrate illegally?
      If you wish to boil down the previous few paragraphs in a ‘too long didn’t read’ manner, then perhaps this is the question we should ask; Should we remain strict and resolute on our rules and regulations, or should we let our ethics and morality slip into our decision making, at the risk of our own peril?

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