The Sad Truth About DACA

The Sad Truth About DACA

Making America great again sure looks like quite the opposite...

As people of the United States, most of us have steady jobs that can pay for our college tuition. Some of us have self-made businesses or are CEOs of different companies. If our jobs get taken away, would we be exiled and taken away from our families or kicked out of school?

People who are "protected" under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, will be affected in that way. People in the DACA program are immigrants who came to America as children. Maybe they came with their parents to start a new life in the States, but every situation is different.

I understand that they are "illegal" but so were the people of the States when they took this land and called it theirs. But they stayed without having to be in a DACA program or something like it.

These people grew up here, the United States is the only home they know. Many of them are my classmates, my friends and just people I know.

The whole, "they're stealing our jobs" thing is pretty played out. A lot of them are doing the jobs no one else would have the decency to do. When they leave, the jobs will go with them, the economy will plummet, then everybody will still blame Obama.

In all actuality, these individuals are rarely the ones wreaking havoc in this country. They pay their debt to society. They work, go to school, eat, breathe, and sleep just like the rest of us. And to say that they don't belong here is petty, selfish, and frankly, it's pretty un-American. Land of the free, home of the brave. They came here to be free; they're brave because they uprooted their lives to come to a new country, mostly knowing no one, to make a living for them and their families.

What will the country gain after this change has gone into effect? I don't see the pros but I see a whole bunch of cons.

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5 Ridiculous Claims That Showcase Just How Insane Fox News Really Is

Fake news alert.

Fox News is one of the most well-known news programs in the United States and it is known as a conservative, right-wing network. One of its most loyal viewers is President Donald Trump who often constructs tweets based on news stories the program covers that day. This is quite disturbing given the President's influence and the Fox New's tendency to utter many false, ridiculous statements on air. Here are five of the most ridiculous ones.

1. “Santa is white”

During a broadcast, former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said, “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”

There are obviously many glaring problems with this statement given that Santa is, you know, not real and can be any race children want him to be. Since when did Fox News become the authority on Santa? Reindeer can pull him in a flying sleigh and the most unbelievable thing is that a black person can be Santa.

2. Bob Beckel denies that rape occurs on college campuses

Former analyst and Fox contributor Bob Beckel made headlines when in an appearance on the show “The Five”, he claimed that, “...rape doesn’t really happen on college campuses.” While there are many studies, such as this one from RAINN that directly contradict this, Beckel has held fast to this claim. The network has done little to adjust its stance on the issue with Brit Hume later claiming that liberals have created an “almost entirely false narrative” around the issue of campus rape. Being a college-aged woman with two working eyes and many female friends, I can tell you there is no false narrative

3. Erik Erickson claims women being the sole breadwinner is “anti-science”

On “Lou Dobbs Tonight”, conservative commentator Erik Erickson said, “When you look at biology, look at the natural world, the roles of a male and female in society, and the other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it's not antithesis, or it's not competing, it's a complementary role. We as people in a smart society have lost the ability to have complimentary relationships in nuclear families, and it's tearing us apart.”

Sorry, Erickson but this isn’t the 1950s. Women can work and have children and those children will grow up to be fine. In 2015, it was reported that 42% of working women were the primary or sole breadwinners of their household. If you relegate these women back to the position of the housewife, the economy will tank.

4. A host thinks people should profit from natural disasters

ox Analyst John Stossel wrote, “ Prices should rise during emergencies. Price changes save lives. That’s because prices aren’t just money — they are information.” As someone who had to evacuate for hurricane Irma, I can’t even begin to describe how insulting this is. No one should have to shell out thousands of dollars to escape a disaster that threatens their lives.

Natural disasters are also hardest on the poor and marginalized populations as seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. No one's life should be sacrificed at the expense of a company trying to make money.

5. Democrats made up sexual harassment

Here we are again with Fox and sexual harassment. In 2006, popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson said, “[Democrats] made up the concept of sexual harassment. ‘You look great today.’ Boom, I’m charging you with a crime. Do you know what I mean? It’s not a group I associate with fun. You want a sex scandal, the Republican party, baby, that’s where you go.” Sexual harassment is definitely not made up with one American being sexually assaulted every 98 seconds. I guess it's easier to blame an entire political party than the perpetrators themselves.

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I'm Quitting Social Media, And You Should Too

This whole social media thing is kind of awful.

It’s really easy to say something, and not nearly as easy to do something. That’s what I’m finding out little by little as I try to wean myself off of social media. In the wake of constant privacy violations by Facebook and other titans of the internet age, I’ve found it necessary to reduce my internet footprint, and start going full scorched earth on a lot of my old accounts. I’ve been telling my friends that I need to detox and that I need to take a step back from social media.

But, the thing is, it’s always there. I consider myself a writer to some degree and that means that I am going to have to use a computer for most of my writing. And what else is on a computer? The internet, which I have to use for research on various things I know nothing about when I’m writing. My brain can’t keep focus on one thing for too long, so eventually I’m going to end up back in Facebook and Twitter’s loving embrace.

I was born in 1995 and from about the age of four I have been completely surrounded by screens. Some of my finest memories were had in the computer closet of the condominium my family lived in. I was a natural-born web surfer. My parents keep saying that my first words were “dot com” and I’m still not sure whether or not I believe them, though they would have no reason to lie. I have been a member of the internet since I was born and now I’ve seen it morph from a tiny pocket of data on a computer screen to a constantly-expanding electronic eldritch monstrosity that threatens all of our lives on the daily. But, by God, does it draw my attention. There are days when my eyes hurt bad from staring at screens for too long and all I can do is go to sleep and pray that it goes away. I need to take a break; get some fresh air, breathe it all in.

Again, however, that is much easier said than done. So much of our lives are entrenched in these social media spheres that it leaves a gap in your life if you try to quit it cold turkey. I’d have to pick up a new hobby, like knitting or god forbid, reading. Not to mention all of these writers absolutely love to network via twitter. There’s a whole sector of the writing life that I would just miss out on if I were to remove myself from social media entirely.

That doesn’t bother me, though. I’ve made a decision that I feel I can stand by. If I am able to cut out social media from my life, I can be free from the constant buzz of everybody else’s lives, political opinions, sports hot takes, child pictures, clothing purchases, et cetera ad infinitum. I can stop focusing on the banal details of every one else’s lives and start making a change in my own.

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