“If Trump decides to end DACA, it will be one of the ugliest and cruelest decisions by a president in modern American history”- BERNIE SANDERS
THE DREADED PROPHECY did happen in September 5 – when USA president Donald Trump gave the DACA Dreamers up to March 2018 before their deportation. But just what is DACA?
In June 2012, former president Barrack Obama gave a time-breather for children of immigrants to comply with papers so as to be able to study or work in America. This is known as the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals”.
By March 2018, these DACA “Dreamers”, as they are called, will be separated from their parent-immigrants -and worse their own children who, since they were born on American soil are automatically made US citizens.
Now, 93% of these Dreamers are gainfully employed (some lawyers, doctors, teachers), businessmen or in the military while the youngsters- 47% of them are in school. They will be uprooted from the only land, culture, people, and government they had known.
There are about 800,000 of them. Thus business leaders estimate a loss of US$460-B in GDP and US$46-B in taxes because of their deportation. Yet, President Trump does not care that they will be uprooted back to an alien land they do not know- and without a future, without a family.
Unfortunately, about 10,000 of these 800,000 are reportedly Filipinos who will soon be coming back home in tears- and leaving behind close kin-just as devastated by the separation.
Why is Donald Trump doing this? Politics? Xenophobia? Patriotism?
Today, Trump has one of the lowest approval ratings of any American president in so short a time from the election. Is he trying to snatch some straw and resurrect his popularity by fulfilling an election promise? He has always been mouthing the mantra that the immigrants have displaced many Americans from getting jobs in their own country.
The Republicans also have this wrong assumption that every Dreamer is a Democrat.
Trump had always been xenophobic. He promised to build a literal wall to keep the Mexican criminals and rapists away, banned travel of three Muslim-majority nations to America and promised to tax American firms who set up branches abroad and hire nationals of their domiciled countries.
Patriotic? He says he wants “America for Americans” – not realizing the primordial role of immigrants in shaping what the powerful nation of America has become today. He insults the Statue of Liberty in New York which welcomes all brave strangers to “the land of the free”.
Obama had earlier described his DACA policy as representing what “America is as a people and what we want to be.” Writer David Harris calls Trump’s act as a “betrayal of the American soul.”
Trump’s recent white racism supremacy leanings in Charlottesville, Virginia and his exoneration of a Maricopa County, Arizona sheriff who had a habit of brutalizing immigrant Latinos already define his xenophobic profile. How much farther will he go?
Of course, in the past, America also had years of antipathy against Catholics, southwestern Europeans, Japanese, Chinese and Jews in various shades of animosity. But, this is the 21st century for goodness sake. Technology has even shrunk us into a small world -so why be narrow-minded?
Edward Donsical talks about Alonso Guillen (who was 14) when he arrived from Mexico. He died recently in his selfless desire to help save several Texan families trapped in their houses in the recent Typhoon Harvey aftermath.To Alonso he “saw America as his country and the people in need as his people.” Why deport such people?
Ecuadorian Gaby Pacheco and three other Dreamers walked 5,000 miles for four months from Miami to Washington DC to express their protest about ending DACA and their desire to stay in America. Why deport them?
The wily Trump even said his decision was a “very very hard choice”- to give people the impression that his act was a “necessary evil.”. We do not know if even Lucifer will accept that reasoning.
In retrospect, not all attorney generals in all states are for ending DACA by March 2018.
So are millions of Americans- across the Big Divide of Democrats and Republicans.
Maybe, some legislation can still be enacted to veto Trump’s cruel policy.
After all, many courts have defied his order banning Muslims from the three countries Trump wanted to be barred from sending their citizens to the USA. Theirs- after all- is the land of the “free and the brave”.
Let America rise – and her Legislators must listen. There must be a separation of Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary in a democratic state.
The Legislature should defend the ideals of America which are based on justice and equity.