Last night, I had a dream in which I had the opportunity to talk to Donald Trump about empathy, his privileges, and his responsibilities as the leader of a country. By the end of the dream, Trump seemed quite defeated. However, the unfortunate reality of the situation is nothing like my dream, as Trump doesn’t seem to be very reachable, in most regards. It’s quite possible that the dream most likely came with the ubiquitous discussion about DACA, and although I am not directly impacted by the ending of DACA, I can only imagine how America’s Dreamers are dealing with it.
For a quick recap, DACA was a policy in the United States which allowed for eligible undocumented children and youth immigrating into the country to have a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation, as well as a work permit. However, this policy was established under Barack Obama’s leadership, and now that the United States has a new president who disagrees with this policy, DACA has been abolished as of September 5th, 2017. This gives youth and children who grew up in the United States six months until action is taken against their living situations.
There are obviously many arguments on both sides of the topic. Many believe that these undocumented immigrants are costing American citizens jobs, money, and more; others believe that the people living in America without documentation are improving the economy and that it is unfair to take them from their homes. This post will be discussing my personal opinion, but respectful discussion and debate is always welcome.
My judgement of decisions and events usually prioritize the consideration of empathy. I can quite easily put myself in the shoes of American citizens, and know that they want to make their lives easier. I am a Canadian citizen, and although things aren’t exactly the same here, they’re similar in many regards. Life isn’t perfect, but I feel privileged and blessed to be living here as the daughter of two immigrants. However, I can also imagine the position of those who face the threat of being kicked out of the country. These people, in most circumstances, have lived in America for the majority of their lives and don’t actually have a country to go back to. It would be terrifying to be forced to leave your home and everything you’ve worked for in your life, and live in a foreign country as a young person. Although I haven’t been in that situation, I understand how lost it may make people feel, and I encourage you to put yourself into the shoes of these immigrants as well.
American citizens may be losing some benefits, but these young Dreamers are losing everything they have; I don’t see how the ending of DACA is an even playing field for America’s population.
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*Note: With Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the earthquake in Mexico, the flooding in Nigeria, the anniversary of 9/11, and more disasters in the world… it’s a reminder that this continues to be our time, as humans, to be as kind as we can be to the planet and its people. Please be mindful of the things you do, and try to be the change that the world needs right now.