DACA's Repeal: A Betrayal Of American Principles

DACA's Repeal: A Betrayal Of American Principles

It is all part of the clockwork functioning of this administration’s politics of hate.

In light of the debate surrounding flaws in the migratory system, the controversial approval of DACA during the Obama administration and the rising intolerance –or, xenophobia in many cases– throughout the US towards immigrants, immigration has become a key aspect on current political agendas. The politicization of the topic on the grounds of speculation, and ill-informed opinions guided by biases and prejudices has been inevitable.

It is no secret that the majority of immigrants in the US are Latinos. Despite the wider spectrum of ethnicities that conform the immigrant population, Latinos have suffered a significant backlash from those who have risen to advocate against the protection of their rights. The term Latino encompasses a heterogeneous group of people originating from any of the 20 countries that comprise Latin America (Colombia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Dominican Republic, Honduras, etc.). But even within a large group like that one, there are specific collectivities that political rhetoric and the prevalent prejudices target:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Despite the diversity that underlies the term Latino, the prevalent reductionist rhetoric has associated it mainly with people originally from Mexico. Ignorance and prejudice are the pillars of this posture, that seeks to find a group of people to demonize. It is all part of the clockwork functioning of this administration’s politics of hate. Disgracefully, it is a pathological tendency. Take for instance the case of Middle-Eastern immigrants, or the criminalization of African-American people.

There’s so much these politicians and people have to say when it comes to Latino immigrants, and yet so little they understand about them.

They do not understand the Latino spirit, su sangre combativa [their combative blood]. Latinos are combative when it comes to hardship and struggle. Their hope remains strong, and their dreams untouched by adversity. They rely on the visions of their futures as a motivation to leave their families, and homes behind and endure the challenges beyond their comfort zone. Su fuerza [their strength] and resilience to work and fight honorably in an unknown country comes from their intense desire to thrive and seize the opportunities they could not even imagine before their exodus. Latinos constantly embrace their dreams hoping that if they are unable to fulfill them, their sons and daughters will do so. Nonetheless, politicians seem to forget that the latter, dreaming and not settling for second bests, is not illegal.

Politicians have forgotten that never-ending kindness of heart, nobility and altruistic desire to better serve society have earned Latinos a special place in their cities and communities. It is therefore not a surprise that entire cities constantly seek to protect them from the detrimental policies that the White House has recently presented. For such policies are a threat not only to immigrants but also to the very identity and heart of the communities to which they belong.

There are policy makers that do not seem to understand or value su agradecimiento [how grateful they feel] towards America, the country that restored their hope. While Latinos feel proud of their roots, they celebrate and uphold the nation that adopted them. Since America gave them hope, they seek to reciprocate it every day by being hardworking law-abiding citizens. The trust that hundreds of thousands placed on the Obama administration when it came to the enforcement of DACA prove it. Without a doubt, Trump's violation of their trust on the system is a cruel move that allows for the perpetuation of its failure to the people.

Furthermore, from an academic stance, politicians and people ignore that immigration is actually positive. Economists like David Card have proven the galvanizing effect that hardworking immigrants have on the economy. What’s more, Card’s studies revealed that immigration has not been a significant source of unemployment in the US.

Trump’s decision on DACA is by all means against the spirit of the United States, a threat not only to Latinos but to immigrants in general regardless of their countries of birth. The US has always been a nation of immigrants, a country built upon the invaluable support that waves of immigrants have contributed in every imaginable way. After all, “For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic, and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities.” Those who refuse to acknowledge the latter and dare to support Trump's repeal on DACA are undoubtedly betraying the principles that lie at the heart of the nation they claim to love.

Cover Image Credit: Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.


I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Why I Love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, not for political reasons

I don't want to talk about political beliefs necessarily when I talk about why I fucking love AOC.


My political affiliation couldn't be kept a secret even if I tried. In the words of my mother, I've been a liberal since I popped out of the womb. So to me, the dramatic change in representation in the House was a huge win for me at this time in history.

While I sit on one side of the aisle because that's where I hear the most conversations about my closest political beliefs happening, I don't want to talk about political beliefs necessarily when I talk about why I fucking love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The first I'd ever heard of this powerful voice from New York was in a video being shared around on Facebook that gave me a strong sense of hope that I haven't felt in a while. She explains the nuance behind "identity politics" and the importance of complete representation in Congress in terms of race, class, and policy. Here was a young woman in my generation (or just outside of it) running for Congress because she knew there was work to be done, not because she knew she would win, or because of some larger force paying her to win, or because she comes from a family of politicians. She ran because she was passionate and because she works to understand her district and represent them in ways that give her district a matched fight with revolving-door politicians who know how to play the game.

This woman, to me, represents accessibility into politics for Americans. When I first started listening to politicians and presidents talk on TV, I remember listening to Obama speak my freshman year of high school (maybe for a state of the union address?) and I asked my mom what a lot of words meant. I learned what poverty, immigration, economic policy, taxes, the middle-class, and more were. She had answers for some but not all of my questions, and then I asked why they felt the need to use such big, intimidating words? Weren't they supposed to represent the country, who to my understanding, probably didn't know what all of these words meant if my own mother didn't? (Moms know everything.)

I didn't want to be left behind in a country that made decisions based on Harvard graduate levels of thinking when most of us were in fact, not Harvard graduates. I was aware when Obama used words I had on a vocabulary test the week before, and I was aware that my honors class was strikingly different from my friends' general education English classes, and that our entire high school was years ahead of some less privileged schools 30-minutes away. But all of us, no matter how politically accessible our situations were or not, were to be represented by a man using these words.

AOC is progressive (in a non-political sense) for Americans because she uses rhetoric and tools to educate Americans instead of persuading or intimidating them to think that she just knows best. She's a politician, yes, so of course she uses persuasive techniques to get policy she believes in to pass so she can do her job as a legislator. But have you seen her Instagram stories or heard her speak in interviews?

Her style of leadership involves a refreshing level of transparency and group participation. I feel like I'm allowed to ask questions about what happens in Washington D.C., and about what another congressperson meant when they said ______. She answers questions like these online to her followers, some of which are her represented correspondents, and some of which are people outside of her district just desperate to expose themselves to any congressperson willing to talk to them on their level. Her flow inspires the average American to listen and checks the confident incumbent from underestimating just how much she knows.

Not all of us are fortunate enough to afford college. Not all of us are fortunate enough to come from a community where high schools prepared and primed us for college-level vocabulary filled conversations. Some of us have to accept politics as a realm with which we can never be involved, heard, or interactive. A.O.C. is what's changing this mentality. 43% of adults living in poverty function at low literacy rates. If they can't understand political rhetoric, how will they be able to democratically participate? Politicians spend so much time talking about poverty rates and how they want to move every family into a middle-class lifestyle, but they don't alter their political approach to invite the poverty-stricken or under-educated Americans into their conversations. AOC does this.

She spends time every night explaining whatever her followers have questions about in full detail. She actually uses up-to-date technology and social media to communicate with Americans, making older senators look lazy or technologically incompetent for not engaging with their community as often or as explicitly. Not to mention, every video I've ever seen produced by her or her team (including her Instagram stories) have closed-captions already edited in. She considers every American to be her audience before speaking, and the fact that what she's doing feels new and refreshing to me suggests just how badly we need her, and more people like her, in politics today.

This isn't even because of her understanding that literacy affects voting--in the original video I saw of her, she understands that the people she represents were flat-out not being addressed in politics. "People aren't voting because no one is speaking to them." Truly and meaningfully, directly and honestly.

She's America's teacher, a representative of why mentorship on all levels is important, and to me, what America would look like if our politicians were not only our representatives, but our educators, our mentors, and our teammates.

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