By Trinity, Class of 2024
As you’re reading this, Congress is debating about the topic of immigration. So many different opinions are being handled with judgement as the immigrants still writhe in internal and external suffering. Imagine you are put in the situation of an immigrant, individuals with limited to no understanding of the persecution making judgements supported by many irrelevant opinions. How would you feel if you were put in a similar situation? Well, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program originated by then-President Barrack Obama to protect immigrants from deportation, participants are never safe, always in immense danger of losing everything they have known. Some may not know what it is like to be in this situation. This is what I am here to portray. Now, you’ve been an inhabitant of America for many years, have a normal life with a fiancé and children. One day, as you promenade over to your chair to sit next to your fiancé, who looks out into the horizon admiring the beautiful hues of the sunset, you read something that made it to the front page of the newspaper. This will forever change your life. You must leave America and everything you have ever known.
Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen to your family? What will happen to you? Questions begin to pour into your mind, all which are associating with the current event. You stare at the newspaper is utter shock. Maybe you will never return to such great affluence. Your fiancé peers over your shoulders and shrinks back in disbelief.
“Our children….” Says your fiancé.
“Our home…….” You reply. “Our life.”
On March 5th, participants of DACA must now face the reality of leaving America when their DACA paperwork expires. What would you do? What do they do? Imagine if you worked for a large portion of your life to escape devastation and you finally received it. Now you lose everything and must start over. What side do you take? It’s inhuman to let the immigrants suffer, so why choose to?
President Trump articulated an idea of only letting in highly educated immigrants who could make a contribution to society. However, many want to come to American because it offers the best education system. Americans do not start off as scholars; we must learn and work towards that status. Immigrants are similar to Americans; they do not start off as scholars either—but can be when given the chance to thrive. On the topic of education and innovation, immigrants have created things we use almost every day. For example, eBay, Google, and YouTube were all innovations concocted by immigrants. Overall, America wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for immigrants and their creative minds. Moreover, considering the history behind America, we, Americans are the immigrants. Think about it, we dominated the Native Americans and took over their land and property. Now, we are not letting the “immigrants” in “our” country.
In conclusion, eliminating the opportunity for immigrants to be a part of America eliminates the originality and uniqueness of our country. Now that the DACA deadline has passed, many DACA recipients will be obligated to leave our country, taking the spirit of America with them. To reflect upon this, now that you know what it is like to experience the other side of the argument, which side will you take?