President Donald J. Trump and his administration have made the damaging decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA was a policy created by Barack Obama in 2012 that provided young, undocumented immigrants with a two-year deferment from deportation, as well as a work permit. This action lifted a huge weight off of the shoulders of these immigrants, saving families, jobs and futures. Now that DACA has been terminated, every one of those applicants is at risk for deportation. This foolish decision by the Trump Administration is not only detrimental to the well-being of these immigrants, but to thea prosperity of the American population and the economy as a whole.
I truly believe that this administration has never, and will never, put themselves in the shoes of someone else. They refuse to see any side but their own. While I cannot control their level of empathy, I hope that everyone reading this, especially those who oppose my beliefs, will take some time to imagine what it is like to be a DACA recipient.
Imagine this: You are nine years old. Your town is full of crime, corruption and danger. It is no longer safe to live there. Your mother and father decide that enough is enough, and they risk their lives to make the monumental decision to immigrate to America immediately. They cannot wait months or years to be approved by the U.S. government, because they are not even sure if they will survive in their town for much longer. They make this decision not for convenience, not to bring drugs in, not to sexually abuse Americans, but to give you an environment that is safe to live in. They’re willing to uproot their lives to give you a glimpse of a prosperous future, so that you can stay alive, provide for future generations and end the cycle of poverty.
When I hear stories like this, the word “illegal” does not come to mind. When I hear this story, I perceive it as a desperate call for help; I feel inclined to do something to help all who are undergoing this traumatic experience.
Immigrants come to America, educate themselves and enter the workforce. They make money through their jobs, and they spend money, stimulating the economic growth of our country, which contributes to the life of every American in one way or another. They are producing our medicine, educating our children and saving us from fires. DACA is necessary for them to continue contributing to our society, as it provides them with a work permit. No, I did not say DACA is enabling these people to steal American jobs, because it isn’t. DACA is enabling American companies to gain hard-working employees. DACA is helping Fortune-500 Executives, such as Sheldon Adelson and Carl Icahn, make even more money. So why are they the ones complaining about DACA? Because they don’t attempt to empathize with people who are different from them. Empathy is really what it all comes down to.
If every politician took more time and thought to put themselves in the shoes of someone else, there would be much more agreement on so many pressing issues, including DACA. This apathetic attitude coming from the executive branch needs to come to a halt immediately. Call your reps today and sign petitions to ensure that young, hardworking immigrants are safe and protected by the American people.