written by Jerome Danner
The rescinding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) (that had been established by Pres. Obama back in 2012) this past Tuesday is a thorny issue that has brought much drama and emotion in the days following statements made by Attorney General Sessions and President Trump. Although many knew that the day would come for months, news coming in did not ease their anger or frustration.
I am no policy guru, so I will not completely go into in this post, but I did want to touch on something that seems to be glaring out to me (and I imagine that I am not the only one). I too support Erick Erickson’s point that he believe in DACA to some degree, but he did not see it as constitutional. People that disagree with many conservatives on their not completely supporting DACA should know or try to remember that it does bring a certain quandary for them since there is no one solution for all. Nevertheless, the point that constantly comes to my mind about issues surrounding our beloved “Dreamers” is that they were born in a situation that is not through fault of their own. However, they will face the consequences of their parents’ illegal actions.
Many of us (myself included) do not want to be empathetic to the plight of these brothers and sisters. We know that there are many young people who are (in some sense) just as American as we are. The problem: our beloved Dreamers are not complete citizens because of decisions made by their parents and that is no one else’s fault. It is unfortunate that they are having to deal with the politics of immigration policy now. Still, if mom and dad had reminded them of their status throughout their life, then would it not have been possible for them to have figured out what it would have taken to go the legal route before a President Obama or a President Trump had to come along and deal with law that would effect them?
I have seen a sign in the past (in a not completely related post) that says: “People are not illegal!” I believe that many conservatives would agree, however, it seems that a reminder needs to be posted and stated that people are typically labeled as “illegal immigrants” because they have migrated into the Unites States illegally. Many do not see them as having the wrong skin color or being of the wrong economic class; what some argue is that they are not deserving of certain privileges or benefits because of having committed or currently committing an illegal act.
This is not to say that these young people committed the illegal act, but unfortunately we all cannot run from the suffering that comes with sins of our fathers.
Last week’s issue should be a reminder (maybe even an encouragement) to under immigration policy in its totality and figure out how to make it fair for all and how all can attain the status of being a legal citizen. Unfortunately, with all of the anger and emotion poured out into protesting Trump, I imagine that there will be little room for rational thought in how to approach legalities surrounding those who migrate into our country legally and illegally.