DACA termination appears like attack toward Dreamers

BY LEXI FLECHNER

ONLINE ARTS & ENT. EDITOR

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an extremely important government policy that grants citizenship to some children whose parents brought them to the United States illegally when they were minors. They can receive a renewable two-year period of amnesty where they will not be deported, and DACA also gives them opportunities to possess work permits. Currently 800,000 immigrants benefit from DACA, and these people can be doctors, teachers, parents, Internet personalities and police.

This policy was created in 2007, but was not implemented until June of 2012 from an executive order by former President Barack Obama. Congress had tried to pass the bill up until this point, but could never obtain the votes in both houses. As this bill took so long to pass, it was long overdue. It was time to give these immigrants the rights they deserved and President Obama recognized this. The program aids so many immigrants in living the “American Dream,” and is one of the most important put in place during Obama’s presidency.

On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump announced the upcoming suspension of the program. There will be a six-month delay in the termination, but the immigrants will be sent back to their home countries when the delay expires. The six month period was put in place to give Congress a chance to pass new immigration laws to help the Dreamers, who are the people benefiting from DACA.

Canceling this program is completely wrong. President Trump will be sending these people back to countries they have never known. The Dreamers moved from these countries when they were extremely young and have barely experienced life anywhere except America. To send them back to a country that is unfamiliar and possibly dangerous is just cruel.

The United States serves as a sanctuary to many people escaping a controlling government, and many of these immigrants came here for this reason. Sending them back could be fatal to those coming from countries in turmoil; they could be penalized for leaving in the first place or put in danger once they arrive back.

All of these immigrants were brought by their parents to the United States. It is extremely unfair for them to be punished for actions their parents took. There was nothing they could have done to get their parents to stay, so they should not be punished for it.

These Dreamers are Americans and should be treated as such. To be treated as an American means to receive all liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, not be consistently attacked for supposedly taking jobs away and not live in fear of deportation. These people are legally allowed to be in the United States, and no one should be allowed to take that away from them.

Taking away a program that benefits so many, regardless of the policy, is absurd. Dreamers are embedded into our country at this point– it would be detrimental to others if they were taken from their jobs, relationships and family members who are citizens. Many Americans’ health could be left in danger as their doctors are deported. This is not only ruinous for the immigrants being deported, but all residents in their community.

This act feels like a blatant attack on immigrants on Trump’s part. His ideals have been centered around the fact that all illegal immigrants should be removed from our country, but these people are legally allowed to live in America. America was built by immigrants, and for our President to attempt to remove that essential part of our history is disturbing. Trump continues to kick these people out for the sheer fact that they are immigrants, and this is so wrong.

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Should students have to pay for transcripts?

YES

At the end of every school year, seniors go to the bookkeeper to collect their transcripts. While some students tend to complain that paying for these transcripts are a waste of money, the school would be spending a lot more money than necessary on these documents if the seniors did not pay for these papers. With about 1,200 students in the senior class, the school would be using an excessive amount of paper to fund this. If the school had to pay, there would need to be budget cuts on something else in the school. Likewise, the price for one transcript is a mere two dollars. Two dollars is a small price to pay as college expenses go, and the students have the entire year to collect that money. These transcripts are also a necessity for colleges because they are a record of a student’s academic accomplishments throughout high school. Considering these papers are an influential factor in deciding what college you get into, the two dollars is a reasonable price. All in all, paying two dollars for transcripts during senior year is worth being able to get into college.

-Drew Roach

NO

Students should not be required to pay for high school transcripts. A student’s transcript is one of the most important pieces of information that students need when applying to college. Transcripts are records of all classes and grades received in every class the student has taken since the beginning of freshman year. This crucial document also includes students’ GPA, and includes standardized test scores or honors credits that they have taken throughout their high school careers. Admissions officers at universities view the transcript when considering applications for admissions. Transcripts should be given to students when requested, free of charge, when they start to apply to colleges. Schools should find another way to raise money other than making students pay for their own high school information. The college application process is costly for many students to begin with, even without the additional cost of transcripts. Standardized testing fees and test preparation courses can quickly add up, so students should not also be burdened with transcript fees.

 -Hannah Lassner

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In My Opinion: Stages of grief result in feelings of acceptance

BY LETICIA ANTONINI

PRINT FEATURES EDITOR

There is a saying that goes: “If a tree falls in the forest, but there is no one there to hear it, did it even make a noise?” We all think that it did, due to the simple laws of physics, but what if in that moment, the exact second that large, bulky chunk of wood hit the floor, all laws we are so convinced to be true, didn’t apply? What if the tree fell like a feather, weightless, and there was no one there to see it. Would we start questioning everything we believe in? Would it even change

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Editorial: Celebrities use award shows as platforms to speak on important issues

Award show season is always a glamorous time. There are celebrities dressed in the best designer clothes and being recognized for their hard work in movies, TV shows, music and more. When any celebrity wins an award, they usually get on stage and thank their co-workers and their family. However, some celebrities took it a step further this year and chose to speak out about their opinions on trending issues today.

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In My Opinion: Fear of new president fueled by media

BY LETICIA ANTONINI

PRINT FEATURES EDITOR

As I scroll through the home page of the New York Times, I can’t help but think that the United States is rooting against itself. No one has ever gone to war hoping to lose, yet, that is what many Americans are doing regarding Donald Trump’s presidency.

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In My Opinion: Society fails to respect teachers

BY GILLIAN D’ONOFRIO

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT COPY EDITOR

Most people have one teacher who has impacted their life in such an extreme way that they will never forget them. It is rare to find someone who cannot name at least one teacher who went the extra mile to help them, brought excitement into lesson plans or simply was always there if anyone needed to talk about anything. Teachers spend more time with students than most parents do, and undoubtedly make an impact in this time spent with the kids.

It is my senior year in high school and with college just around the corner the biggest question I seem to be getting is “what do you want to study?” When I say that I want to be a teacher, the response I receive is not as pleasant as it should be. I get bombarded with doubts: “they get paid nearly nothing,” “the school board treats them poorly,” “are you going to be able to tolerate the kids” and most upsettingly “why don’t you study something with math or science?” Receiving an education is the single most important factor in living a successful life, and although it is deserved, teachers do not receive the respect that should come with the vitality of education.

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Editorial: False advertisement creates problems for Chipotle

Just this year, Chorizo, a pork sausage, was added to Chipotle’s menu to help them get back on their feet after an E-coli outbreak set them back after being successful for years. After complaints that the chorizo did not have a flavorful taste, there has been yet another problem after an addition was added to their menu. According to My News LA, three Californians, in three separate locations, reported that Chipotle was misleading customers by not putting the correct calorie count on the stores menus. It was reportedly misleading to a customer because he felt excessively full after what was supposed to be 300 calories. The three Californians are now proceeding to sue Chipotle for being dishonest with customers by misrepresenting the nutritional value of the chain restaurants food products.

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Flash of Brilliance: Should college applications require an essay?

NO

College applications are already stressful enough, and having to write an essay creates another obstacle in our senior year. Most students are taking rigorous AP courses by senior year and need as much time as they can get to excel in these courses. However, since most colleges require students to submit an essay, it creates a weight over our shoulders. Seniors have to balance writing a great essay (or multiple essays) to guarantee their acceptance with maintaining good grades. With other barriers such as clubs and sports, there simply is no time. Although it is a way for colleges to see what kind of person the student is, what they won’t see is the part where the student has someone else write their essay and cheat the system. Whether a student has a family member or pays someone to write it, it’s not fair to those who actually put effort into their work. Also, for someone who is applying to a major that doesn’t involve any writing, such as engineering or pre-med, they shouldn’t be writing an essay since they are most likely mathematically or scientifically inclined. Their grades, extracurricular activities, and test scores should be enough to prove that the student is qualified to attend said college.

-Wanda Mora

YES

Every year, many colleges require students to write an essay as part of the application process. Although many people applying to schools don’t understand the point in writing an essay, it is just as important as submitting transcripts and test scores. A college may be able to see what you have accomplished by looking at a résumé, but it doesn’t really show what type of person you are. When someone in the admissions office at a school is reading a student’s essay, it gives that person a small inside scoop on the student’s life and what the student might be like. Seniors may write about something that seriously impacted their life. Whether it is good or bad, it made them who they are today. No, the essay may not have anything to do with a senior’s intended major, but writing an essay can also help give the student an extra little push that might be needed to be admitted into their dream school. Instead of seniors being so negative about the fact that they have to write an essay to get a higher education, they need to see that it can actually benefit them. Someone may seem perfect on paper, but that doesn’t mean that they will fit in with the type of people at that specific school. Test scores are not a reflection of a students’ personality and are not able to display a persons beliefs, character, or experiences that helped mold their self identity. Due to this lack of representation, writing an essay should be mandatory.

-Saige Fisher

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Editorial: Social status should not determine treatment in the legal system

Shailene Woodley, environmental activist and award-winning actress starring in productions such as “Divergent” and “The Fault in our Stars,” was arrested as a result of trespassing and protesting the construction of an oil pipeline. Woodley described her treatment by the authorities as unfair due to the fact that some other protesters were allowed to leave the scene with no consequences following them. Woodley characterized the protest as “peaceful,” however, authorities refuted it saying it was actually a considered a “riot.”

The protest was originally orchestrated to act as a peaceful objection to the North Dakota Access pipeline. The sheriffs that arrived on the scene, however, viewed this in a completely different fashion. According to sheriffs on the scene, the protesters were seen as individuals encouraging others to break the law and stir up commotion.

Woodley’s arrest, followed by a court hearing, was viewed as one-sided, as her role in society may have affected her treatment and punishment.

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In My Opinion: Kaepernick brings light to racism

BY DREW SISKIND

SPORTS EDITOR

In the past two months, one of the nation’s biggest headlines has been San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who, in protest of racial injustice, has not stood for the National Anthem before games.

Kaepernick, along with fellow NFL players who have joined his movement, has received every response imaginable for his continued action, ranging from praise to hateful condemnation.

But the hatred has overshadowed the support.

According to ESPN, a poll by E-Poll Marketing Research recently named Kaepernick the NFL’s most disliked player. The social justice activist beat out alleged rapist Jameis Winston by a margin of 7 percent. The top five was rounded out by Ndamukong Suh, who has been fined multiple times for dangerously violent play; Tom Brady, an accused cheater; and Ben Roethlisberger, another accused rapist.

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