In a recent move that brought an end to former US President Barack Obama’s key immigration reform, the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA), President Trump’s decision will have impacted over 17,000 South Asian immigrants and nearly 8,000 Indian-Americans. The move has triggered nationwide protests, especially since it meant that almost 800,000 people would face deportation.
Scrapping DACA will end the dreams of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who had moved to the US as children. What’s more is that most of the immigrants have now built families with kids in the US, and if deported, their kids would face separation from the parents.
What’s worse? Data shows that the average DACA immigrant is 22 years old, working while juggling advanced degree programs. India ranks 11th in terms of country of origin for the DACA students, while over 26% percent Muslim Americans are South Asians. Deporting the immigrants would hit South Asian students and highly professional employees who contribute to the American growth story, hampering and stunting their now bleak future.
The move could also spur resentment and racist attacks, with the immigrants’ protection at stake.
The Trump administration has also revved up efforts to lower H1B visa approvals, a decision that could impact thousands of South Asians who work in the country. This could have a massive impact on US’ economic future, as well as the prospects for millions of South Asian immigrants and their families.
It is a move that would have disastrous consequences for nurturing the talent amidst tackling issues on employment and business growth. What’s more, it would impact many South Asians, students and potential job candidates to contribute and grow their talent at some of the biggest universities and companies. This is where their dreams end.