DACA'S END NIGHTMARE FOR DREAMERS!
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) — With America aging, where will it get its pool of workers and military recruits if it attempts to deport close to
one million youth on the heels of the news that President Donald Trump is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program?
This was one of the questions posed by leaders of massive rallies Tuesday (Sept. 5) in Chicago, Illinois and elsewhere in the nation, who are telling Mr. Trump that deporting some 800,000 DACA recipients does not make sense because these youth know only one country all their lives — America.
DACA recipients will be strangers in the native lands of their parents, who brought them to America when they were under 16 years old.
Nerissa Allegritti, a Filipino American leader of AnakBayan-Chicago, said, “Itong ginawa ni President Trump ay hindi talaga maganda kasi (What President Trump had done is not really good because) they (DACA recipients) are very patriotic Filipino Americans.
“Meron pa nga tayo, ‘yong (We even have Pulitzer prize-winning) journalist (Jose Antonio) Vargas, na nakatangap ng award (who won an award).
“Itong 800,000 talagang (These 800,000 are really) very hard working and they can contribute a lot to this country and to our community. It’s a wrong move kasi kung titingnan natin, sila ang asset ng future ng bansang ito (if you look at it, they are the assets of this country) and at the same time America will lose a supply of workers, educators and military people. Let’s pray and do action at the same time.”
Ms. Allegritti said these DACA youth came to the U.S. most of them were still very young. “Karamihan niyan maliit pa, ang iba niyan ay one month old, two months old and even if they are nine years old, ang kanila lang talagang nakikita na bayan ay itong Amerika. (Most of these DACA beneficiaries came to the U.S. while they were still young. Some of them were aged one-month-old, two months old and even if they were nine years old, the only country that they have ever known is America.)
A WHITE UNDOCUMENTED immigrant from Eastern Europe challenges her fellow undocumented immigrants “hiding behind their whiteness” to come forward and support the cause of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) like her so they can stay in the United States during a massive rally Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Chicago, Illinois. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
LEARNED STATUS AT COLLEGE
“Tapos ngayon, later na lang nila nalaman ang status nila noong nag-college sila kasi dito, libre ang schooling from public elementary to high school, walang paper works. Pag-college na, kailangan mag-declare sila ng Social Security Number, doon lang nila nalalaman out-of-status pala sila. Itong DACA ginawa ni President Obama para may immediate na aksyon sa pagtulong sa mga kabataan. (Now, they later learned that they were out of status when they enrolled in college because here, there is free public and high school education and there were no paper works. When they enrolled in college, they have to declare their Social Security Number. That was the only time that they came to know that they were out of status.)
She said President Obama had to approve the DACA executive order when the Senate and the House of Representatives failed to pass a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill.
Ms. Allegriti said because about 8,000 Filipino DACA recipients will be affected out of the 800,000 nationwide, “We are doing our best. Hopefully, next week, we will be able to visit the Philippine Consulate to find out what help it can do to the DACA youth.”
Another Filipino American activist, Maya Arcilla, executive secretary of AnakBayan, said she joined the “march after President Trump decided to cancel DACA. I am here because 800,000 immigrants will be affected by this cancellation and one in four Filipinos are undocumented. “Some 6,000 Filipinos leave the Philippines everyday in search of better life and in search of better occupation. I am here because the crisis by the U.S. government will also cause crisis in the Philippines by occupying the country, occupying our homeland with military bases by having unjust and unequal treaties that result in poverty that forces the people to leave for abroad.
BE NOT AFRAID
“I am here because no immigrant, no youth, no student, no caregiver should be afraid to lead their lives in this country. And they should have basic rights and their basic rights should be protected. My fear is that the Trump administration will start deporting DACA (youth). And those deportation will continue.”
A LADY PEDDLING button at $1 apiece is having brisk business behind the demonstrators in front of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Tuesday (Sept. 4) in Chicago, Illinois during the massive rally opposing the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by President Donald Trump. (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
On one hand, The Migrant Heritage Commission (MHC), a nonprofit national organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to protecting immigrant rights, on Tuesday denounced President Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (DACA) program, calling it “un-American” for betraying the cherished principles and ideals of this great nation.
Rev. Atty. Arnedo S. Valera, MHC Executive Director, also called on the U.S. Congress to permanently resolve the DACA issue by swiftly passing the bipartisan 2017 DREAM Act. The legislation was introduced last July 20 in the 115th U.S. Congress by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican from South Carolina, and Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat from Illinois.
Under today’s executive action, current DACA beneficiaries will not be affected until March 5, 2018. Congress has six months to pass legislation that would protect close to 800,000 DACA recipients. “Now that it is up to Congress to pass legislation, we must be united in our action to advocate for the passage of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform that will include a provision on Dreamers,” Valera stressed.
Valera added: “President Trump’s action will also lead to the breaking up of families, which is counter to America’s values and basic sense of human decency. Our immigration policy should be about economic opportunities, family unity, equality, immigrant justice and humanity. America was founded over 200 years ago as a Nation of Immigrants. We are, and will always be a Nation of Immigrants.
“We should legally challenge this rescission before the Courts of Law as a grave abuse of discretion considering that DACA has been declared constitutional by our US Supreme Court and in its implementation has created legal rights to DACA recipients.
A RALLY MARCHER holds an effigy of President Donald Trump holding a Nazi flag at the start of the march from the Federal Plaza on Dearborn Street in Chicago, Illinois Tuesday (Sept. 5) during a massive rally to denounce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
On the other hand, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations thru its Executive Director Jason Tengco has issued the following statement:
“Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump Administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but with a six-month delay.
“Created under the Obama Administration in 2012, DACA has allowed nearly 5,000 young Filipinos - along with 800,000 other individuals - to receive work permits and to be protected from deportation.
“The security and opportunity afforded to DACA recipients is a true representation of the American Dream,” said NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “Eliminating DACA protections unjustly rips away the ladder of opportunity for hard-working people, divides families, and pushes immigrant communities back into the shadows.”
“NaFFAA stands in solidarity with diverse community organizations fighting for the nearly 800,000 young individuals - including nearly 5,000 Filipinos - who have benefited from DACA so that they can reach their full potential.”
TRUMP/PENCE MUST GO!:
THIS BANNER wants President Trump and Vice President Pence to trade places with recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) benefits during the massive rally denouncing the end of DACA by President Trump on Tuesday (Sept. 5) in Chicago, Illinois (JGL Photo by JOSEPH G. LARIOSA)
Meanwhile, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a national affiliation of five civil rights organizations, said, “By phasing out DACA, this administration has failed to show moral leadership.
“DACA is a humane and common-sense policy solution that has a firm legal basis. For the past five years, Advancing Justice has fought for and served thousands of Asian, Pacific Islander, Latino, African and other DACA applicants and recipients, and we are appalled by the president’s lack of humanity and compassion.
Today’s action by the administration to terminate DACA underscores its pursuit of an agenda rooted in hate and inhumanity. This decision will affect close to 800,000 young people causing many to lose jobs, drop out of school, face the prospects of deportation and have other destabilizing effects on themselves, their families, and the communities of which they are a part.
President Trump has assured DACA recipients in the past that they did not need to worry. By changing his mind now, he has shown that he is clearly influenced by a white supremacist agenda, which is also evident in his multiple actions that target reducing immigration options for predominantly Asian, Latino, and African immigrants.
Meanwhile, Jesus G. “Chuy” Garcia, member of Cook County Board of Commissioners said, “As an immigrant myself, I share the anger and outrage that many DACA recipients and their families are feeling today. I have personally met hundreds of young people that were brought here as young children. I have seen them as they worked hard and succeeded, gotten married and had children, and contributed to our city and our nation in thousands of ways.
DON’T MAKE AMERICA WHITE AGAIN:
THESE KIDS are asking President Donald Trump to stop the deportation of DACA recipients during the rally held at the Federal Plaza on South Dearborn in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois last Tuesday (Sept. 5, 2017). (JGL Photo by JERRY B. CLARITO)
“By ending DACA, President Trump has callously chosen to pander to the ugliest impulses in this country. Trump and Secretary Sessions have chosen to strip 800,000 young people of the right to live and work in the United States, couching their decision in constitutional terms, all the while continuing to defend their Muslim ban, legitimizing white-supremacy in Charlottesville, pardoning Arizona’s Joe Arpaio and his use of racial profiling, and increasing their attacks on the LGBTQ community.
Javier Gamboa, Proud DREAMer and DCCC Director of Hispanic Media & Deputy National Press Secretary, said, “As a DREAMer, I’m in complete disbelief that Donald Trump just eliminated DACA.
“By ending this critical program, the livelihood of thousands of families like mine are now being threatened.
“It’s a hateful reversal of President Obama’s historic immigrant protections -- just to appeal to Republicans’ bigoted base and dismantle the Obama Legacy.
“I remember the sense of belonging and relief I got when President Obama signed DACA five years ago. His action was clear: There’s a place for my fellow DREAMers and me in America.
“Now, everything I’ve worked so hard for since I came to America could be come to an end because of Trump’s cowardness.
Trump’s actions don’t represent the America I love. The America I’ve called home for years.
“Make no mistake: Trump’s heartless decision will break up families and destroy lives.