Rachel Alexander, in her Sept. 6 (“DACA enrollees feel exposed, betrayed”), reports how “Mary, now 31, works as a para-educator in a small school district in Spokane County where most of her co-workers have no idea she was brought to the U. S. “illegally as a child”.
Apparently, Mary is working under provisions of the soon to expire DACA program and will probably lose her job.
Mary is a classic example of why DACA is being terminated. Alexander writes Mary “entered the U.S. illegally as a child” and eventually was hired, under DACA, which gave her the right to work for a defined and fixed length of time, subject to reapplication and possible renewal - no guarantees.
A U.S. citizen could easily meet the requirements of her job as a para-educator. Apparently, the DACA program is being phased out and no longer will legitimize her status. There is no sense in crying over her unfortunate yet anticipated situation and certainly there is no betrayal.