Thoughts of Immigrant Children on DACA Decision 2017


“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us. They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.” – Barack Obama

Both Mia, whom you might know as one of my best friends, and I are daughters of immigrant parents. Both of us, thankfully, are U.S. citizens and do not have to worry about the effects of DACA on ourselves. I was brought to America legally in 2006, and Mia was privileged enough to be born in the “land of the free.”

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