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Thursday, September 14, 2023



National Hispanic Heritage Month is here, and what better way to celebrate than with some good ol' MAGA madness? Yes, you heard that right. In the latest episode of "As the Trump World Turns," U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen has agreed with Texas and eight other states suing to stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. And what's the best way to commemorate this occasion? By spraying bug spray in the butterfly pavilion, of course! Because nothing says "I don't like immigrants" like killing innocent butterflies.

But why butterflies, you ask? Well, apparently, they are a symbol that represents the DACA kids' struggle. You know, because just like butterflies, they too have undergone a metamorphosis. They came to this country as caterpillars, and now they are beautiful, resilient, and contributing members of society. But unlike butterflies, they don't have wings to fly away from their problems. Instead, they have to fight tooth and nail to stay in this country that they call home.

Now, I know what you're thinking. "But wait, isn't DACA a good thing? Doesn't it protect young immigrants from deportation and allow them to work and study in the U.S.?" Well, yes, it does. But who needs logic and reason when you can have fear-mongering and xenophobia?

In all seriousness, though, the DACA program has been a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to this country as children. It has allowed them to pursue their dreams, contribute to their communities, and live without fear of being deported to a country they barely know. But despite its many benefits, DACA has faced numerous legal challenges and political uncertainty.

The recent ruling by Judge Hanen is just the latest chapter in this saga. And while it may not spell the end of the program just yet, it does raise some serious questions about its future. Will the Supreme Court uphold DACA once again? Will Congress finally pass comprehensive immigration reform? Or will we continue to live in a world where butterflies are seen as a threat?

Only time will tell. But in the meantime, let's all take a moment to appreciate the beauty and resilience of these winged creatures. And maybe lay off the bug spray for a while. After all, we wouldn't want to accidentally kill any Dreamers in the process.

As for the fate of DACA, well, that remains to be seen. But one thing's for sure: as long as there are butterflies out there, there will always be someone willing to fight them. So keep your eyes peeled, America. The bug spray-wielding vigilante may be coming to a park near you.

Federal judge again declares that DACA is illegal : NPR 



Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a policy that grants temporary protection from deportation and work authorization to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. It was created by the Obama administration in 2012 and has since benefited over 800,000 young people, known as Dreamers[^10^]. However, DACA does not provide a pathway to citizenship or permanent legal status, and it faces legal challenges and political uncertainty.

DACA has had positive impacts on the lives of its recipients and the U.S. economy. According to various studies, DACA has enabled Dreamers to pursue higher education, find better jobs, increase their earnings, access health insurance, establish credit, buy cars and homes, and contribute to tax revenues¹¹¹²¹⁴. DACA has also improved the mental health and well-being of its beneficiaries and their families[^10^].

However, DACA also has limitations and challenges. DACA recipients still face barriers to accessing federal financial aid, in-state tuition, and professional licenses in some states¹³¹⁴. They also live with the fear of losing their status and being separated from their loved ones, as the Trump administration attempted to end the program in 2017 and a federal court ruled it illegal in 2021[^10^] ¹¹. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing the legality of DACA, and its future depends on the outcome of the case and the actions of Congress[^10^].

DACA is a complex and controversial issue that affects millions of people in the United States. It offers hope and opportunity for many young immigrants, but it also leaves them in a precarious and temporary situation. 

Bing, 9/14/2023

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