DACA; worth the discussion

DACA; worth the discussion

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Tensions rising, DACA, dreamers, and the face of America it's a provocative title for a round-table discussion at Texas Tech involving experts in the humanities, law, conservative journalism, and a deferred action recipient.

"So I'm just a firm believer that unless we share our stories and unless we talk about these issues specially in a region like west Texas, I think nothing is going to get done," said Saba Nafees, a DACA beneficiary and Texas Tech student. "More and more people are going to continue to stay ignorant unfortunately." 

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protects nearly 700,000 undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. The program allows them two years to work or further their education. Lee Bebout a humanities professor from Arizona State University said there are a lot of misconceptions out there.

"There are actually few pathways to legal residency once they are already here," said Bebout. "I wish people where a little more aware of that." 

Having these open conversations and fully understanding critical issues may be key. 

"I think one of the ways to discuss those is to remember that we are talking about human beings." said Brandon Darby, managing director for the conservative publication Breitbart Texas. "Historically when we talk about policy that affects human beings directly and we allow language and things to happen that disassociate that person from their humanity right, we have a problem and I think it's true on both sides right now." 

President Trump ordered that the DACA program be terminated back in September. Federal courts blocked it allowing DACA renewals to resume. Congress failed to pass four separate immigration measures in February, there's been no other proposals.



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