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Column: Need to keep DACA going is crucial for immigrants, our nation

Art by Tori Roberts

By Christy Avery

Every year, thousands of children are brought to the United States with undocumented parents. Unable to support themselves or control their circumstances, they run the risk of being deported back to their country because of their parents. Former President Barack Obama implemented a solution: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). A policy that gives children who come to the U.S. under the age of 16 with illegal parents a chance to get relief from deportation, this valuable system is crucial to so many in this nation. But with President Donald Trump now in office, it could spell the end of the program.     

Instead of building walls, Trump needs to keep this policy in place and give help to those who need it most.

One advantage of DACA is that children do not age out of the program. This means that he or she could potentially reap the benefits for the rest of his or her life as long as they do not commit a crime or pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Mila Koumpilova, reporter from the Star Tribune in Minnesota, stated that “A national survey of DACA recipients last year found that almost 60 percent obtained a new job, about half opened their first bank account, and 57 percent got a new driver’s license.”

Another benefit DACA brings is the protection from unlawful presence penalties. Normally, immigrants begin accumulating unlawful presence– presence without being admitted or parole– once they turn 18.

However, with DACA in place, the risk is lower– there is no accumulation of unlawful presence, and people with it are considered in authorized stay. This is true for the deferred action period as well, so the renewal process does not do any harm.

Of course, no policy is perfect. DACA has a couple of glaring problems– one being that even though people under it are considered lawfully present in the U.S., they have no nonimmigrant or immigrant status. This runs the risk of one being wrongfully denied employment or other benefits.

However, if this were to change, DACA would be even better for the recipients. DACA currently safeguards nearly 790,000 people, according to the Pew Research Center.

A possible solution for this is to carve a bigger path to permanent residence for those who wish to remain in the U.S. For example, ensuring that those who are eligible receive or try to receive green cards or visas in their lifetime.

By throwing away DACA, the Trump Administration is throwing away thousands of hard-working, much-needed individuals who could help the country and themselves if they were to receive it. Innocent people should not be punished or barred from reaping the benefits that come with such an affluent and advanced country.

In 2010, it was measured that approximately 40 million people living in the United States were foreign-born. Is it even possible to imagine a country without them? That number will only keep increasing no matter the sanctions against it. Our country should be a place where those who deserve to be here are here, where everyone is given an equal chance.

As Jane Novak at CNBC said, “If executed properly…Washington leadership could come to a deal that shows proper compassion, boosts security, and makes economic sense.”


Painting Parking Spots

By Christy Avery

Picture it. Between assignments, social interaction, early mornings, and trying to find a parking spot… imagine if one of those burdens was eliminated?

Oftentimes, finding somewhere to park your car is a huge headache and can potentially cause problems, such as the sacrifice of sleep time or a good spot. Student drivers can even be late to class. What if current and upcoming drivers had something to make their mornings much smoother here at FC?

Other schools, such as Carmel, have gotten in on the striking new trend that is drawing other high schoolers’ interest: providing individualized parking spaces that students can paint.

If they pay for a parking pass, students who have licenses would be granted their own spot, which they could also personalize as they like. Possibilities span from album covers and sports teams to movie and pop culture references. Imagine the memes, y’all.

Wouldn’t it be great to pull in every day and immediately park at your own parking spot– no fighting with other drivers or waiting ten years to find a space. Plus, it would look great, giving you a cheerful way to start the day off with, such as if you have a test. Life is hard.

Of course, there are potential complications, such as cost– at most schools, the average price is $100– but it would be well worth the sense of freedom, convenience, and personal expression. Students could save birthday money, Christmas money, or paychecks. The price is a one-time deal, but the parking spot lasts for a year (not to mention the legacy you might leave if you do it right).

Above all, the heart of the matter is freedom of expression (even if it is through a meme). It is a topic many of us here at FC feel very strongly about, especially considering the state of our world and society today. We all need our own places where we can thrive, grow, and learn about ourselves. Although an individualized parking space may only be a small caveat into that, anything and everything is important when it comes to self-expression and discovery. By implementing this opportunity, FC could grant us that.

We all need to paint our own picture.

Cinematic world brings books to life

By Skylar Neafus

Twilight, The Mortal Instruments, and many other titles should sound vaguely familiar to the common person. Why? Because they have been converted to movies. These highly rated, high earning films were books before they appeared on the big screen to capture fans everywhere. It’s a lovely thing to see, but nowadays, slightly redundant.

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Damaged technology reveals notable alternatives

By Amber Bartley

I was crushed to see a message on my beloved Nikon D3000 camera that said “Error. Press shutter and release button.” After pressing the shutter release button about 300,000 times, I figured that the shutter release button did not want to work. It really was not the best time for my camera to completely malfunction because I was working on a newspaper assignment. Luckily, I found someone who was not shooting and they let me use their camera. Nonetheless, I was absolutely destroyed that this had happened a week before my vacation.

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The Album that got away: Outdoor Activities by Cyberbully Mom Club

By Karli Coleman

There’s something so satisfying about sitting in an old local coffee shop, sipping on a mediocre hazelnut espresso while the moon shines through the windows while listening to a local band play their mediocre sad songs rich in folk sound.

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