This is for the DREAMers
Today was another deal breaker for our DREAMers, immigrants in general, and all compassionate Americans. America is a nation of immigrants; built on the backs of people of color and people living in poverty who have sacrificed everything to call this nation their home. Some of us are indigenous to the Americas, some of us have been here for generations, and others were brought to the U.S. in the arms of their parents in the hopes of securing a better future. We have studied, worked, paid taxes, and generally kept up our end of the bargain. However, the same cannot be said of the federal administration. Today, the federal administration added DREAMers to its list of undesirables. A list that already contains: Women, Mexicans, African-Americans, Muslims, Transgender People, and Science, to name a few.
We are a people of compassion, and we are a people of law – but the law can only stand when it is just. And, there is nothing compassionate about ending DACA. The history of the DACA policy and the overwhelmingly powerful impact DREAMers have on our nation cannot be rewritten as a threat to the American way of life. DREAMers represent the fulfillment of our nation’s promise of prosperity to all those that work hard and pledge their talent and dedication to America. Only by the reliable implementation of that promise can we produce a robust middle class and economic justice for all Americans – documented and undocumented alike. Our nation was built on that promise. It was not built on Xenophobia and racism. Reneging on that promise is a deal breaker of enormous proportion that is already projected to have a major impact on the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
Luckily, we are also a resilient people; a people who dream and aspire for something greater for our communities and the nation. This is for the DREAMers: Do not despair, we will create a solution. Represent the best of America. Expect your allies to defend you. America is your country too. Millions of us are with you!
We must not abandon 800,000 children, loved ones, students, co-workers, and friends who also happen to be DREAMers. We need a new deal; one that is more expansive and permanent. At Safe Passages, we will support you until we have one.
Josefina Alvarado Mena, Esq.