Zelch: Trump Dumps Dreamers

President Trump has repealed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, an Obama-era government program that shields undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children from deportation. DACA allows these immigrants, known as Dreamers, to receive basic benefits in exchange for registration and a background check every 2 years. These benefits include a social security number and employment authorization. Trump says Congress will have six months to “figure out what to do” with those enrolled within the program.

Frankly, the repeal of DACA is a cruel, cold-hearted move by a cruel, cold-hearted president. President Trump has tried to defend the repeal by calling it an “amnesty-first approach,” in an attempt to appeal to his supporters in the white nationalist camp. He also branded immigrants as “criminals” and “job-stealers.”

Let’s get one thing straight: immigrants are not criminals, nor are they job- or scholarship-stealers, nor do they threaten America. Those who immigrate to the United States come here seeking a better life for which they are willing to work extremely hard. Dreamers in particular had little choice when they arrived in the United States at a young age with their parents; it would be immoral to deport them to a country to which they have little to no connection.

By repealing DACA, Trump has taken the American dream away from countless families and individuals. When an immigrant receives a job offer or a college admission letter, they have not stolen the place of an American: they obtained that position by their merit alone. As Ana Villada ’20 puts it, “immigrants come to America and have to sometimes work twice as hard as people born here to get half of what [U.S. citizens] get…look at all the wonderful things immigrants are doing.” And indeed, most of those who come to the United States are certainly doing wonderful things: excelling in school, working hard at their jobs and performing as outstanding members of society. President Trump’s refusal to accept these “dreamers”, as they are called, is simply heinous.

Even some conservatives do not agree with Trump’s move. As Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon explained in a 60 Minutes interview, “trust me, the guys on the far right, the guys on the conservative side, are not happy with this.” Revealing his nonexistent moral compass, the repeal and the transfer of responsibility to Congress also reveals Trump’s unwillingness to listen to his party, to learn about the issues and to empathize for those whom his irrationality affects.

This country was built on immigration. Taking the cornerstone of this country and effectively throwing it out the window shows Trump’s true colors. It is impossible to “make America great again” when you ban great Americans.

– Chloe Zelch ’20

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