citizenship for a wall. Really? This is the current reality for those
coming from Mexico to seek the American dream. Instead, they’re
facing a nightmare. Unless the trump administration feels some
extraordinary heat from us, legal protection and work permits for
this once-protected class will expire on March 5.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, was
established by President Obama in 2012. He created the policy by
executive order after it was painfully clear that Congress would fail
to create legislation to protect children whose parents entered the
U.S. without documentation. Last fall, trump rescinded the policy
throwing the lives of nearly 800,000 young people and their families
into jeopardy. This action is scary. So is trump.
then, Dreamers all over the country have been looking over their
shoulders. For those cities with aggressive ICE offices, the fear and
anxiety of the undocumented are on high alert. It would be
understandable if those emotions give way to anger and outrage as
trump attempts to use their citizenship as bargaining chips for his
divisive, expensive wall.
those who support the inclusion and humanity of all, we should be
outraged at the political, cultural, environmental and financial
costs of the trump wall. Estimates range from $20-70 billion to build
and about $200 million to maintain annually. Prototypes of the wall
have already been submitted and contracts are chomping at the bit to
get their grubby hands on those billions. I know we can find a just
and humane resolution to the immigration concerns and to better spend
our hard-earned tax dollars. The Mexican government is not going to
pay for this wall and neither will there be any private dollars
coming from big, greedy corporations. This trump pet project is about
to blow a hole in taxpayers’ pockets!
the majority of DACA recipients come from Mexico or Central and South
America, there are some who come from the “sh**hole”
countries of Africa and the African diaspora. It is clear that Black
and brown immigrants are unwanted under a trump administration and
that people from countries like Norway are preferred. I believe trump
made these racist statements; they are consistent with his world view
and documented over the last 30 years of his recorded or published
slow this process down and focus on the important elements—the
people, especially the children and youth. This is not just about the
DACA young people. Most of them are directly connected to other
undocumented people who are connected to documented family members
who are connected to non-kin relationships and communities. This is
the nature of the human family.
of us must organize to oppose the racist immigration policies of the
trump administration. Those of us in Texas and California have a
special obligation since nearly half of DACA folks are in those two
states. Immigration is part of the larger struggle for the vision for
this country and who gets to shape it, who gets to live it.
who believe in freedom must keep our eyes on the prize. The prize?
The actualization of a democratic society that values and protects
all life, and that is invested in the well-being and full development
of all its people.