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By Lauren Menjivar, VI Form
DACA’s Uncertain Future
On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on behalf of the Trump Administration that it would rescind DACA after ten state attorneys general threatened to sue the administration if it didn’t end the program. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is a program that allows DREAMers (Development, Relief, Education for Alien Minors) to avoid deportation for two years and make them eligible for a work permit. By ending DACA, 800,000 recipients are at a loss in their ability to work and live in the U.S., and they risk deportation. As a result, a debate on DACA has ensued on its value in American society after five years since the Obama Administration began the program. (more…)
By Jack Foley, VI Form
William Peck and Nativist Fears
From 1883 to 1894, William E. Peck was the first layman to be Head of St. Mark’s, a conservative, Episcopalian school. Many Trustees at the school believed that Peck was leading the school away from its religious roots. At the same time, in the late nineteenth century, Catholic immigrants came to the U.S. in huge numbers and threatened its Protestant elites. The changing nature of St. Mark’s and the U.S. threatened the Board of Trustees, which led to Peck’s dismissal. (more…)