Lincoln students voice support for DACA

The summer of 2017 has seen the Trump administration take several opportunities to show the American people exactly who they elected into office.

After causing controversy over his failure to condemn several racially-motivated riots and demonstrations, President Trump caused further unrest when he announced the possible end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The DACA program, started by President Obama in 2012, is an immigration policy created to postpone deportation for children who were brought to the U.S. under the age of 16, allowing them to work and go to school legally. Although the program is not a direct path to citizenship, it has reduced the number of undocumented families living in poverty, according to a study last month by the Center for American Progress.

While the Obama administration fought hard for the creation of this policy, Trump won the election with strong anti-immigration rhetoric. Nine months into the presidency, he finally fulfilled his promise to his supporters to crack down on immigration–or has he?

When asked about the fate of DACA, Lincoln senior Diane Erickson said she thought that the details were “convoluted and chaotic at best,” as Trump has issued several DACA-related statements contradictory to both announcements by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and key members of the Democratic party.

Democratic leaders claim a deal has been made to protect the Dreamers. Lincoln students interviewed for this story said this wouldn’t just be a small victory for the Democrats and the 800,000 immigrants that benefit from the program, but it would also be a victory for America.

Lincoln senior Michael Aaby emphasized the importance of the Dreamers staying in our country, noting that “diversity and culture” are essential aspects of our society that desperately need preservation during the Trump administration.

“Our nation was founded on immigrants,” said Aaby.

For example, had we deported Founding Father and Caribbean immigrant Alexander Hamilton, America wouldn’t have the treasury system we have to this day; we would have lost a great mind and a great financial system.

Deporting young, bright immigrant Dreamers contradicts a central American principle: that with hard work and dedication, any dream is possible. To follow through with the rescinding of DACA would be to “go against what we are supposed to believe in. We are supposed to be a nation of dreamers,” says senior Sarah Kline. Kline believes that to deny Dreamers their right to strive would be to contradict America itself.

Lincoln senior Tim Zimmer seeks to reminds those who speak out against DACA that forcing these young kids who already deal with discrimination to face the threat of deportation is, “not what America is about. And [it’s especially] not what Lincoln is about.”

While many Trump supporters have claimed that immigration is stripping away American jobs, our rights, and our patriotism, I would argue that it’s just the opposite. To deport those who think and speak differently, people who contribute both physically and mentally to our society, is not only unethical, I would argue it’s un- American.

Recent interviews with students may have given some insight as to some Lincoln opinions on DACA but as of now it is hard to determine exactly where our government stands on the issue. Living under an unpredictable and incoherent administration leaves Dreamers with a nervous future.


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