Since the election of President Donald J. Trump, immigrants in the U.S. have been restless because of the current government’s attitude towards them. Arrests have surged, and so have deportations.
The situation was much better under President Barrack Obama. The former government created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012. DACA was designed to shield young immigrants from arrests and deportations while also opening up opportunities for them by issuing them with social security numbers and work permits.
Today, however, President Trump’s administration is fighting to annul DACA and any other acts that are designed to shield immigrants.
A Two-Pronged Fight
The situation may look bad for young immigrants, but there are still people in the government who are fighting for their welfare. Most notably, Congress recently introduced the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act to complement DACA. Amazingly, the act was prepared by members of Congress from both parties: Senator Lindsay Graham (Rep) and Senator Richard Durbin (Dem).
As expected, President Donald J. Trump opposed the act vehemently via social media and vowed to block it. What’s more, other right-wing politicians—mostly Republicans—are working towards abolishing similar acts and tightening the noose for immigrants in the country.
Too Much At Stake
Young immigrants have everything to lose if DACA, DREAM, and similar acts are abolished by the current administration. Most of these immigrants come to the U.S. to seek refuge, and for many of them, there is nothing to go to back at home. Most have made their homes here and even have their own families and businesses. Read more: Phoenix New Time and Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
The U.S. also has something to lose. Contrary to popular belief that immigrants steal jobs and opportunities, economists argue that they help fuel the economy’s growth. What’s more, the U.S. is known for its values about freedom, and the current government’s rhetoric is ruining this reputation. As such, many concerned people are urging the Congress to pass the DREAM Act and resist the President’s rhetoric on immigration.
In the meanwhile, immigrants continue to live in fear wondering whether they will be next to be deported. Hopefully, reason will prevail, and senators will bridge the political divide and vote in favor of young immigrants seeking to make the U.S. home.
Lacey & Larkin – A Brief Overview
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are renowned activists who have dedicated their lives and resources to fighting for the welfare of immigrants. They are the co-founders of Village Voice Media and Phoenix New Times.
Lacey and Larkin have themselves been the victims of injustice under the hands of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The sheriff arrested the dual in 2007 after they exposed that grand juries were planning to get reporters’ notes covering the sheriff. They were wrongfully arrested and detained. In response, they sued the sheriff and won a settlement of $3.75 million.
Incredibly, Lacey and Larkin dedicated all this money towards advocating for migrants’ rights by directly supporting immigrants as well as organizations with similar objectives. They are currently advocating against the current administration’s animosity towards immigrants.