Donald Trump has rescinded DACA fulfilling a campaign pledge. He has given six months before the protections for Dreamers are revoked. He has placed the responsibility on Congress to come up with a bill that will protect those he has intentionally put in harms way.
Obviously this is a politically calculated move. By placing the ball in Congress’ court he seeks to wash his hands of a decision to revoke protections for 800,000 young people. Their only offense is that they were brought here as children by parents fleeing poverty and violence.
DACA (Defered Action for Childhood Arrivals) was put in place by executive order by President Obama only after Republicans sabotaged efforts for bipartisan immigration reform. That President Trump has put the future of 800,000 young people in the hands of a Republican controlled Congress, while saying that he ‘has a heart for the Dreamers’ is hypocrisy on steroids.
Hosea, a biblical prophet spoke into a time when his nations leaders had turned from God’s heart for the poor and vulnerable: ‘One like a vulture is over the house of the Lord, because they have broken my covenant, and transgressed my law. How long will they be incapable of innocence?’ ~ Hosea 8: 1, 5
800,000 young people who work and go to school within six months will be a risk of deportation. I can imagine what the prophet Hosea would say to us today.
As a college trustee I have the privilege of getting to know Dreamers. They are remarkable young women and men who have overcome great obstacles. Many have excelled academically and as leaders on campus and in the wider community. They dream of being teachers, nurses, physicians, engineers, accountants. They dream of raising families and doing good.
A psychologist will tell you that good mental health is dependent on there being hope. Mr. Trump and his supporters have coldly chosen to say that the hopes and dreams of 800,000 are not important. By this act Trump and his minions have sought to rob young people of their innocence.
Will we as a nation stand for this? Polls show that 80% of citizens want DACA to continue. Will we allow the nativist, anti-immigrant rhetoric of Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and Breitbart News to determine who we are and what we will become as a nation?
Several years ago senators Dick Durbin a Democrat and Orrin Hatch a Republican came together to sponsor the Dream Act which would provide many of the safeguards of DACA. That bill failed by five votes.
It is time for a new Dream Act to be voted on by Congress. No game playing. No packing a bill with $ to fund Donald Trumps wall in Mexico.
Today Dick Durbin and Republican Lindsay Graham are promoting a new Dream Act http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/news/under-daca-deadline-durbin-graham-begin-push-for-dream-act/vp-AArlXng Such initiatives are worthy of our support.
It is up to us as citizens to hold our elected officials accountable in the name of simple decency. It is time for people of conscience to stand up for the sake of those among us who are most vulnerable. All our young people ask for is the opportunity to pursue their dreams. What is more American than that?