The Donald Ended DACA, Now What?
Hey gal pals! We know the political climate has been heating up and even mentioning politics can be a social turn off, but, honestly, we can’t seem to take it anymore.
We claim boss beauties from all walks of life, from every corner of the world and it’s a shame that a (*cough cough*) incompetent newcomer has to poke at the idea of dismantling one of the very things that makes America, dare we say, great! Needless to say, DACA is our issue, too.
Make no mistake, though, we don’t want to just be another screaming head scrambling to have the last word; we want to be the ones to drop some knowledge and teach you how you can be a real ally for DACA supporters and recipients.
What is DACA?
First, let’s get the basics out of the way.
DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is (was?) an Obama-Era program passed in 2012 that allowed undocumented immigrants a chance to contribute and thrive in this country.
It offered freedom, opportunity, and mobility without fear to 800,000 Dreamers who were brought to the United States as children by parents who wanted a better life for their family.
Despite Trump’s claims about having a big heart, it’s acts like these that show his true colors. And honey, those colors are soooo 20th century.
What’s the Big Deal, Anyway?
Aside from tearing families apart and ripping some people from the only home they’ve ever known, ending DACA would mean serious economic impacts. We’re talking 800,000 people who are affected by the ending of this program.
Let’s look at the facts, shall we?
- A quarter of America’s business sector is made up of immigrants.
- Immigrant-owned businesses are responsible for 6 million American employees.
- Silicon Valley alone was possible thanks to the collective brain power of immigrants.
Immigration is not depleting this country of any resources. If anything, immigrants have served to improve this country with their contributions and incredible work ethic.
Why Ending DACA is Complete Bullshit
From generalizing Mexicans as rapists and drug dealers, to banning Muslim travel to the U.S., and mobilizing factions into believing that building a wall would keep out all the “bad hombres,” we’ve seen our fair share of cringe-worthy moments from the president.
This one, however, is implying that anyone who wasn’t born in the U.S. is not worthy of being here, regardless of their current status or how long they’ve contributed to this country’s growth. We all know that’s just bullshit, right!?
There are thousands of DACA recipients in the middle of earning a degree, finally becoming financially stable, or working multiple jobs while they go to school to support a family.
We understand the harmful impacts of this decision and it is why we stand with DACA recipients.
How Can I Help?
So, you wanna help? Boo, we’ve got you!
There has been an emergence of people from all over taking matters into their own hands.
You don’t have to be a stiff in a suit to help, either. There’s a lot of things you can do to make your voice heard. If you want to do your part, the Huffington Post published an article listing the things you can do to help.
Here are three easy ways you can help:
Call the White House: Dial 202-456-1111 and leave your message. Don’t hold back; rehearse it if you need to!
Contact Your Member of Congress: Each and every one of them. In the time it takes you to catch up on your shows, you can make your case for why you’re against DACA and how it can affect our country.
Use the Power of Social Media: at the rate Trump tweets, there’s a big chance that everyone else in Washington has their eyes glued to the platform too. Take advantage and use those hashtags (#DACA, #Dreamers) and mentions (@SpeakerRyan, @realdonaldtrump) to get your message across.
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