By Richard Ray:
Trump has rescinded the Obama implemented protection of people who immigrated to the United States illegally as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is also known as DACA. There are over 800,000 primarily young adults who will be affected by this Trump Administration recision. Most of these people immigrated as children and have gone to school in the US most of their lives. They have lived in the United States for the majority of their lives, with little to no connection to their home countries that they now face deportation back to.
Most of these 800,000 young adults have been “good citizens”, going to school, with the help of DACA, legally working and paying taxes. Nearly all have stayed out of any kind of trouble. Immigration is a complex issue, and while I do feel that there needs to be stricter enforcement on illegal immigration, penalizing kids and young adults who have essentially only known the US as home (also called “Dreamers) is truly a political movie in spite of overgeneralizing language by Trump and Jeff Sessions in justifying the act’s recision.
In the same day Trump claimed to “love” the Dreamers, he has placed all in a new perpetual state of fear of being deported back to countries many have little to no connection to. By repealing DACA, Trump has put the onus back on Congress to come up with language and laws to help, but for 800,000 people who now have clocks ticking on their rights to work and stay in the country, faith in a bi-partisan agreement from legislators who have not enacted any major piece of legislation in Trump’s early presidency is a haunting proposition and pressure to live under.
Trump himself is the grandson of immigrants. I am unsure of the legality of their entrance into the country, but clearly they came to this country in search of a better life. All of his grandparents were born in Europe, including his paternal grandfather who emigrated to this country in 1885 at age 16 adn became a citizen in 1892. Trump’s mother came to this country from Scotland at age 18 and worked as a maid before marrying his father.
Donald Trumps’s First and Third (present) wives were immigrants. Four of his five children are literally sons and daughters of immigrants. If anyone should have empathy and compassion for the struggles and challenges that the Dreamers affected by DACA face it should be Donald Trump. Instead politics and decency have reared their ugly head again, in placing so many back in the precarious position of being punished for the sins of their mothers and fathers was well as potentially stripping them from the only country that many of them have ever truly known and loved.
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