The Sad Truth About DACA

The Sad Truth About DACA

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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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If You Call Yourself 'Pro-Life,' Make Sure You Don't Just Mean 'Pro-Fetus'

If America will take the pro-life stance, politicians need to promote policies that improve the foster care system, welfare programs, and government assistance.

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The contemporary politics of America have regressed to a time before the liberation that Roe v. Wade provided. Women nation-wide were liberated from the iron grasps of male politicians. They were finally rewarded their autonomy.

However, American politics is back to its old tricks; politicians are stealing a woman's autonomy. A woman's control over her own body has been seized throughout the country. States like Ohio and Alabama are banning abortion as early as six weeks. This is before most women realize they're pregnant. These so-called "heartbeat" bills perpetuate the dangerous narrative that a heartbeat automatically signifies life, thus satisfying pro-life narratives of a heartbeat that trigger high emotions.

Remember, a heartbeat does not mean life is viable.

In this situation, the vastly premature heartbeat in a zygote the size of a rice grain is not viable. A brain-dead human on life-support is not a viable case for life, but their heart continues to beat. These policies are not "saving" lives because there is no viable life.

These are the facts, this is the science.

Religion is important to many, and your faith must be respected. However, your faith has nothing to do with American politics. Your faith is a personal journey, not a way of governing a body of people. The controversial political commentator, Tomi Lahren, tweeted against the restrictive policies being passed by states like Ohio and Alabama. Paraphrasing, she argues that the Constitution outlines the right to one's own autonomy, a right being violated by legislators throughout the nation with anti-abortion laws. Her argument is sound and makes sense. What grants one person the authority to control someone else's body?

Not only has American society misinterpreted the viability of life of a zygote, but it has also misinterpreted the meaning of pro-life.

Being pro-life does not stop after birth.

Therefore, people's decisions about choosing life should not be judged by society. Too often, our society is quick to jump on the actions of other people and shame them for choosing life. The teenager that's pregnant chose life, but her actions are shunned by society. People react in horror with stories of teen pregnancy. The mom with kids from different fathers is judged for being a slut, but she chose life as well. The single mom on welfare is shamed, but she chose life.

The problem with a pro-life argument is the major lack of support for the mother's choices.

Sure, pro-life views may align with religion or morals, but support shouldn't deplete after birth. If America will take the pro-life stance, politicians need to promote policies that improve the foster care system, welfare programs, and government assistance. One cannot force women to have children that they would have otherwise aborted and not promote infrastructures to support mothers that chose life.

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