Here is why I stand with the dreamers and you should too.


By Brianca Hadnot

I stand with the Dreamers, and you should too. Here is why…

You have probably heard a lot about the Dreamers, and you are wondering: Who are they? Why do I care? What can I do?

Well, I am here to tell you. The Dreamers is a term coined by Barak Obama when referring to immigrants who migrated to the United States as a child and have successfully established a life here. Obama decided to instate a law allowing these individuals to obtain valid driver's licenses, enroll in college and legally secure jobs. They also pay taxes. Under DACA, Dreamers were able to apply to defer deportation and legally reside in the US for two years
However, earlier this week Donald Trump and his administration chose to rescind this act, leaving the lives of the 800,000 individuals protected by this decree at risk for deportation.

But that’s not me, why should I care?

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Great point, and while most of the individuals being targeted are of Hispanic heritage, and largely from Mexico, these are the individuals that you grew up with, went to school with and work with daily. They are your neighbors, co-workers, classmates, friends, and teammates. And although you may not risk deportation yourself, the successful infringement of rights against any group makes it that much easier to target other minority groups. Justice is justice; it is not the fight of one person or group, but all Americans. Any time freedoms are being stripped from one group it serves as a precedent to strip rights away from other groups.

So far, we have seen them target Muslims, Transgendered military personal, Mexican immigrants, and now the Dreamers. We have seen a rise of Neo-Nazi groups in favor of fascism, march with torches and enact physical violence on citizens. We have seen a resurgence of the Klu Klux Klan, and hate groups.

If we do not speak out now, even if it does specifically target us, who will speak out for us when it does?

Ok, I am convinced but what can I do?

The fight is not over yet; right now we have a 6-month window before congress makes a decision. This is the time to contact your local congressman, it can be located by clicking this link, and write a letter, send an email, or make a phone call insisting that that the DACA act continues protecting these individuals. Then ask your friends and family to do the same.