Written By Maddie Spears
Last Tuesday morning Donald Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, announced that the Obama era DACA program would be suspended. Almost immediately masses of immigration activist rallied around the 800,000 young adults and children whose livelihoods are being threatened by Donald Trump’s reckless and cruel actions. While thousands of people across the country rallied together to protect the rights of these individuals, Donald Trump left the eradication of this program up to Congress. With Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan both understandably apprehensive about the consequences of ending this program, many have begun to ask who exactly will pass this through Congress. Faced with a moral dilemma of epic proportions, high profile Republicans and Democrats have already called for swift action against this cruel and inhumane decision.
So what now?
Donald Trump has granted Congress six months to figure out a plan for rolling back DACA. If the six months pass without action Trump will “revisit” the issue and reevaluate. While Congress grapples with the implications of Trump’s bigotry, 800,000 young adults and children are at risk of deportation. They can continue to renew their DACA status for this year, but after the end of the renewal period they will no longer be to obtain this status. Immigration attorneys and charities have started grassroots efforts to help as many individuals renew their status for the what is assumed to be the last time. Even so, with efforts from many people spanning across the country, immigration activists worry it won’t be enough. For now, these Dreamers have six months- six months for our government to realize that what they’re doing is morally reprehensible and that the lives of these people are worth just as much as anyone else.
What can we do to help?
Start with donating to charities that fight for the rights of these individuals. Groups such as the ACLU and the American Immigration Council provide these at risk individuals with the resources they need to stay in the United States. Next, reach out to your local lawmakers. Everyone from your mayor to your Congressman or woman needs to hear your voice. Send emails, make phone calls, and show up to protests. Our voices when collectively put together have the power to alter history and our country’s politics for the better.