In a few weeks, the American government could begin deporting as many as 800,000 undocumented immigrants who’ve been here since they were children. They did not choose to come to America, their parents did. Last September, Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, established under Obama as a clumsy band-aid for the country’s broken immigration program. Trump, a politician whose mind changes based on the last person he speaks to, repeatedly claimed those impacted would be fine: Congress would come up with a solution.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/ev5yjw/these-daca-recipients-once-found-solace-in-games-now-they-need-action
Awesome. This is the kind of work that keeps me coming back to the site. So happy this site exists!
But I also want to quickly point out Patrick’s troubling use of the all-too-often-repeated sentiment: “They did not choose to come to America, their parents did.” You’re rallying to the cause of Dreamers with one hand, while throwing their parents under the bus with the other. Many of the US’s most vulnerable immigrants and immigrant families came to the US out of necessity, not choice–no matter their age. The fight to protect DACA should not come at the expense of other immigrants, especially Dreamers’ own parents. It should be part of the same, concerted struggle.
Anyhow, a small (but important!) blip in an otherwise excellent piece. Keep it up, all.
I don’t really have a lot to discuss on this topic, but I wanted to hop on the forum to let y’all know how much this means to me and how happy I am to see you cover it!