Bianca Prosper, a law student in her third year at Drake Law School is feeling the effects of the recent announcement to repeal DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Although many perceive the program to largely affect Latino communities, Prosper who is a first generation American with Haitian parents, has family members who will be affected detrimentally should the decision stand unchallenged. Reflecting on her diverse New York City upbringing Prosper recalls that her father spent time quizzing her on math, as it was a universal skill where language and reading could be challenging. Her family immigrated to the United States mostly in the 1980’s with her parents becoming naturalized several years ago.
In recent years, Prosper has had cousins who were granted TPS (Temporary Protected Status) as the result of the 2010 earthquake and have since worked and sought education in the US. With a focus in criminal defense Prosper feels that the announcement to repeal DACA is a step backwards in creating an inclusive and legitimate path to citizenship. The deportation of individuals who have spent the majority of their lives on US soil despite their immigration status, to return to countries they do not know is a crippling measure to their advancement. Reflecting on her own family Prosper mentioned one cousin who is soon to be married to a longtime boyfriend, both are of Haitian descent but he is a American citizen. In comparison, she also has a cousin who has no recourse but to prepare for possible deportation in January.
To read the official statement from President Trump: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/05/statement-president-donald-j-trump