It’s no secret that I am very much not on the Trump train, and this just adds to the reasons why.
Trump claims that the reason behind moving to rescind DACA is basically that it’s not good enough, and that the US isn’t ready for a “comprehensive immigration plan.” But if that were the real reason, and he honestly wanted a better immigration process, he wouldn’t be rescinding DACA. Rescinding means taking a step back, not moving forward.
Trump claims that the 800,000 DACA recipients — DREAMers — are taking jobs away from millions of Americans. Those are his words. I have two problems with that.
First of all, like most of the things Trump says, it’s highly illogical. It’s literally impossible for 800,000 people to “take” jobs from millions. It’s true that 800,000 people (if they all have jobs, that is) are preventing another 800,000 people from having those exact same jobs, but by that logic, I’m taking a job away from someone else too. So is my fiancé. So is almost everyone I know. Yes, the job market may be brutal, but you don’t “take away” someone else’s job by having a job yourself. That doesn’t make sense.
Second, DACA recipients, by definition, have grown up in the US. They are children of people who have come here illegally, so while they are technically also undocumented, they have spent almost their entire lives in the US, living as and among Americans. Culturally, socially, and mentally, they are Americans. They pay for American goods, work jobs that serve Americans, and go to American schools. As residents, they’re contributing members of American society, and most of them don’t know anything different. They are Americans. The only thing they lack is the paperwork, and DACA was Obama’s attempt to give them the time they need to make their status legal. What will the US gain by taking that chance away?
I can’t answer that, but I can tell you what we will lose. By rescinding DACA, we will lose hundreds of thousands of people that could be bettering and investing in our society. We will lose more respect than we’ve already lost by electing Trump in the first place. And we will lose the trust of everyone, not just DREAMers, who were told that the US government would welcome them, help them, and value them. The only thing rescinding DACA will accomplish is announcing to the world that if you weren’t born American, Trump doesn’t care about you. But I’m pretty sure we all knew that already.
Trump’s America is the opposite of what America is supposed to be. Emma Lazarus wrote the famous poem “The New Colossus” in 1883, as an effort to fundraise for part of the Statue of Liberty. We all know the famous lines:
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Starting DACA was one way Obama tried to put those lines into practice. Trump may as well take the torch from Lady Liberty.
Unless, of course, Congress passes the Dream Act of 2017.
This act was initially introduced in 2001, but it didn’t pass. Now, with DACA being rescinded, it has been introduced again. You can read the actual text here, but in a nutshell, the Dream Act would protect DREAMers from deportation and give them a legalization process, which DACA did not do. It is not a perfect process, I’m sure, but it would be much, much better than deporting 800,000 people.
From what I’ve read, phone calls are the best way to get noticed by your congressmen. However, any way to make your voice heard helps, so here’s how to find your representative and your senator. Let’s get the Dream Act passed and stop the ridiculousness.