Defending DACA & the Fabric of the American Community
America’s tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has not only made this nation a more vibrant, dynamic place — it has given us a tremendous competitive advantage. We embrace entrepreneurs, dreamers, and everyone who wants to come here to work hard and build stronger communities. For me, as an immigrant, it was a place where having an open mind, tolerant hearts, and thinking differently was championed. It was a place where you could turn technology into opportunity — and help create thousands of jobs and entire new ways of doing business along the way.
Today, that dream was gutted.
By reversing a program — which grants people who were brought to the United States as undocumented toddlers & infants a path to live and work here legally — the Administration has turned its back on the very institution it purports to protect: the American community.
DACA currently protects 800,000 young people in those communities. Young people who are our neighbors and play on our high school football teams; young people who are paramedics in Houston and who stand up each day to pledge allegiance to our flag. They are small business owners, friends, and dreamers. They are Americans in their heart, in their minds, in every single way but one: on paper.
In a few months, these young individuals, who have come out of our shadows to contribute to our economy through DACA protections, will start to lose their ability to work legally and will risk immediate deportation. There is no doubt that all of us take offense to anyone who reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America. But today’s action does not reform a system fraught with imbalance, nor does it encourage citizenship — it simply encourages callousness and prevents our country from realizing its full potential. Congress and the President must actually do some work and craft a legislative solution that gives Dreamers a pathway to citizenship. Inaction will not only destroy families, it will destroy everything that has always made this country great.
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