Day 228 (September 5, 2017)
In today’s issue: DACA
For five years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has strengthened this nation by opening a path for nearly 800,000 young people brought to the United States without documentation to live, learn, work, and contribute to the communities they call home.
Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced, on behalf of Trump, that the DACA program will be phased out by closing the window for new applicants seeking legal status.
What an awful day in history for this country.
To put this into perspective, this means 7,234 jobs will be lost every week, and 800,000 young people will not able to legally live in the US.
For the key pointers on this decision, go here:
And for the administration’s full statement on this decision, go here:
Is this part of Making America Great Again POTUS? Deporting hard-working, patriotic, dedicated young people who risk everything to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones? This decision will completely strip America of all her greatness.
We echo Kamala Harris’s sentiments below. We see you. We stand with you, Dreamers.
We need those who spoke out against this to actually stand up and make a difference NOW, when it counts (we’re looking at you Paul Ryan!)
Also, what Trump is a yuuuge coward. He has the audacity to destroy hundreds of thousands of people’s goals, ambition, determination, and dreams, and he can’t muster up the audacity to relay the message to these people himself. Instead, he had Jeff Sessions stand up there and deliver his gut-wrenching message for him.
And Sessions left out an incredibly crucial detail:
Trump has now kicked this decision to congress, leaving it up to them to decide whether to follow through with this or not.
Make sure to check out where your representative stands, and to call for solutions like the proposed bipartisan DREAM Act.
We must condemn the President’s decision and put pressure on Congress to pass legislation that ensures the continued participation and dignity of these Dreamers.
This idiot of a president probably doesn’t even realize the extent of this decision, per the NY Times.
I’ve said it before, and will unfortunately probably say it again, but I can’t believe this idiotic bigot is our president. Truly unbelievable.
And Javier Palomarez, leader of U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
And Tom Perez:
And U.S. Catholic Bishops:
And the people:
It’s important to remember that this decision was not made in a vacuum, and that it comes right after the following series of events: (1) Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, a racist sheriff who routinely discriminated against Latinos; (2) Trump failed to condemn white supremacists in Charlottesville, and compared the alt-right’s deadly actions to activism against racism, and; (3) Trump banned transgender individuals from serving in the military.
Taking all of these actions into consideration, it is evident that Trump has a broader agenda of attacking groups of people who were historically marginalized, and reinstating a time when they had less rights and privileges.
Wake me up when September ends. Trump can try, but he will never crush my dreams or the dreams of the dedicated immigrants who so badly want to live in America and contribute to this country’s greatness.