Currently, there are hurricanes wreaking havoc, potential changes to DACA striking fear in young Dreamers, a president who uses far too many adjectives, and the ongoing battles for social justice in areas of race, gender, and religion.
I told you—it’s a lot.
Today, I am pledging my support and action to those with DACA status. I say this not out of obligation to sound socially aware, but because I worked with DACA students applying for college, saw their hard work and outstanding records, and witnessed the great disadvantages they have, even with legal and vetted status.
Don’t allow the fear-mongering message of Jeff Sessions be what you think about when you envision Dreamers. Instead, think about young people, twelve years or older, who were brought to this country by their parents and made the United States home. If deported, they will be sent back to a place that is their country of birth and (probably) little more.
The Department of Homeland Security and The Department of Justice should consider renaming themselves if they feel threatened by less than 800,000 young people who contribute to the infrastructure of this nation. They work, they file taxes, and have clean records (read this report from factcheck.org).
In the words of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman: “We understand what’s going on in Washington. And we know that when bullies step up, you have to step to them and step to them quickly. And that’s what we’re here to do today. … By definition, DREAMers play by the rules. DREAMers work hard. DREAMers pay taxes. For most, America is the only home they’ve ever known. They deserve to stay here.”
The United States was created by the invasion of illegal immigrants who terrorized the people living here upon their arrival. These invaders are many of our ancestors. How, then, can we do anything other than work to find ways to welcome and empower others fleeing oppressive and dangerous situations—especially when our government is likely one of the reasons they had to leave? Unlike our forefathers, they are not coming to take over and terrorize. They are coming to find safety and freedom.
After all, let he/she/they without out sin cast the first stone.