Don’t End DACA

August 10th, 2017 (letter from me to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

“So far, President Trump has made good on his promise to clamp down on illegal immigrants in this country.

He has claimed that his focus is to deport dangerous criminals from the United States, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement has cast its net much wider than that, arresting and deporting people who have done nothing wrong except to reside in the United States without proper documentation. To his credit, Trump has not eliminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama’s executive order that allows undocumented young people to remain in America without the threat of deportation. That is at least something.

Unfortunately, ten states have threatened to sue the federal government to make Trump reverse the DACA order. If Trump gets rid of DACA, roughly 800,000 young people will  be suddenly subject to deportation. These are people who were brought to the United States as small children and who know no other country that the U. S.

I know some of these “Dreamers”. They are ambitious and talented. They only want to be part of America and their local community. Trump needs to resist pressure to end DACA. These kids belong here with us.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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