On Tuesday morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced plans to wind down former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals( DACA) program.
Announced in June 2012, DACA was applied to give undocumented immigrants who were to come in here as children some peace of mind while Congress worked on a longer-term solution to the country’s immigration woes. After the Trump administration announced that it would be terminating the programmes over the next six months, Obama delivered a powerful defense of his original action and the person or persons it facilitated.
1. “This is about young people who grew up in America — kids who study in our academies, young adults who are starting jobs, patriots who pledge allegiance to our pennant, ” Obama wrote.
The people benefitting from DACA didn’t do anything to cause their current quandary. As young children, they were to come in here, and it’s the only home many have ever known.
“These Dreamers are Americans in their nerves, in their judgments, in every single behavior but one: on paper. They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no mind they’re undocumented until they apply for a chore, or college, or a driver’s license.”
2. “Over its first year, legislators of both parties have worked together to write legislation that would have told these young people … you’ll get a chance to stay and earn your citizenship”
Critics chide Obama for performing an end-run around Congress in implementing DACA, but the truth is he had pushed members of the legislative council to taking any decision. It was simply after the bill, known as the DREAM Act, stalled again that Obama did what he had been able to with an executive order. Inaction wasn’t an option, as some 800,000 people who were brought to this country as children and never knew any other country as dwelling floated in limbo.
The goal of the DREAM Act was to provide legal status and a course to citizenship for these young person rendered they met a number of requirements( such as going to college or serving in the military ).
“That bill never came. And because it stirred no feel to ostracize talented, driven, patriotic young people from the only country they know only because of the actions of their parents, my administration behaved to lift the shadow of deportation from these young person, so that they could continue to contribute to our communities and our country.”
3. “To target these young people is incorrect — because they have done nothing wrong.”
Beyond that, removing those who are here because of DACA establishes us a weaker country both culturally and economically.
“It is self-defeating — because they want to start brand-new business, staff our labs, serve in our military, and otherwise contribute to the country we enjoy. And it is cruel. What if our kid’s discipline teacher, or our friendly neighbor turns out to be a Dreamer? “Wheres” we supposed to send her? To a country she doesn’t know or remember, with a language she may not even address? ”
4. “Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t necessitated legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question.”
The immigration system is a mess, and it does require reform. People across the political range agree that something needs to be done about our present organize of laws and regulations, but to take that out on the Dreamers is nothing short of hard-hearted.
“And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young person to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young person and our future. I’m heartened by those who’ve suggested that they should. And I connect my voice with the majority of members of Americans who hope they step up and do it with a sense of moral hurry that matches the urgency these young person feel.”
5. “Ultimately, this is about basic decency. … It’s about who we are as a people — and who we want to be.”
Obama closes out his statement with a letter about the essence of what it means to be an American that’s followed him from his early days in politics to his post-presidential career. With the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who are Americans for all intents and purposes on the line, it’s a theme that may be more important than ever before.
“What obliges us American is not a question of which is something we look like, or where our identifies come from, or the lane we pray. What stirs us American is our fidelity to a list of principles- that all of us are created equal; that everything of us deserve the chance to stimulate of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished appreciates for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.”