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A 'Dream' Deferred

gladys louise tyler

Posted on September 5, 2017 20:01

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Are we Americans okay with being the bully who uproots families to send them back to the country they fled? Is that who we are? Is that who we ascribe to be? These dreamers should not be the stuff of our nightmares.

The Trump administration, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The dream has officially been deferred.

First, let's discuss the importance of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, known as DACA. Founded by President Obama's administration in 2012, DACA allows illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation, and retain eligibility for a work permit. These immigrants can obtain driver's licenses, social security cards and rent or buy their own homes.  

A study conducted in 2016 showed that DACA recipients are making significant contributions to all sectors of the economy. About 800,000 people, through DACA, work legally and reside in the United States. They pay taxes. They hold jobs. By all accounts they buy and rent homes.

According to CNN, "The business and education communities at large have joined Democrats and many moderate Republicans in supporting the program, citing the contributions to society from the population and the sympathetic fact that many Dreamers have never known another home than the US."

President Obama released a statement defending DACA. "To target these young people is wrong -- because they have done nothing wrong.  It is self-defeating because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel."

President Franklin Roosevelt would have agreed. He is quoted as saying, "Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists."

Our current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, however, said, "We simply can't admit everyone who comes here."

I understand we are a nation of laws. But to those who disassociate laws with emotion, I say "Have a heart. Show some humanity."  

Are we Americans okay with being the bully who uproots families to send them back to the country they fled? Is that who we are? Is that who we ascribe to be? These dreamers should not be the stuff of our nightmares.

The Trump administration has delayed DACA by six months, and volleyed the responsibility to Congress to legislate and pass an immigration law before the DACA recipients begin losing their status in 2018.

 

gladys louise tyler

Posted on September 5, 2017 20:01

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