The Trump Administration Will Rescind DACA

The Trump Administration Will Rescind DACA

Protect the dreamers.
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The Trump administration has announced it will rescind the protections offered by DACA, and their plans going forth are unclear.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was instituted by the Obama administration as a protection for eligible immigrant youth that entered the country as minors. It permitted them to work in the states and to be shielded from deportation, so long as they were students, high school graduates, or veterans, and were not convicted of any crimes. Immigrants only needed to ensure that they renewed this every two years. The median recipient is 22-years-old, and 75% of recipients are both employed and paid an average of $17 an hour. In short, those protected are law-abiding members of society that provide an estimated $60 billion in tax revenue.

Jeff Sessions’ announcement on September 5th was evocative of his hard-line immigration stance. His position as the bearer of this news is widely regarded as an indicator of his emphasized role in rescinding the DACA protections. While Trump himself is reported to have had “conflicting emotions about those who were brought to the country as children,” Sessions has declared the primary obligation of government to ensure the well-being of citizens. He deemed the act an overreach of executive power and consistently referred to recipients as “illegal aliens” in his address. The current plan is to conduct an “orderly wind-down” of the program. The specifics are as follows:

The Department of Homeland Security will provide a six-month window for renewal.

Application for legal status dated after Sept. 5, 2017, will not be accepted. All initial requests and accompanying documents will be rejected by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Initial applications received prior to Sept. 5, 2017, will be treated on a case-by-case basis by the USCIS.

Current recipients must apply for renewal by Oct. 5, 2017.

The decision has been defended as a proper enforcement of existing immigration law, a protection for the opportunities of American citizens, and a means of preventing the “humanitarian” issue that arises when people risk crossing borders illegally.

Since the announcement, Mr. Obama has released a lengthy statement in response, but he never directly attacks the Trump administration. He simply echoes the sentiment shared by recipients: “To target these young people is wrong — because they have done nothing wrong. It is self-defeating — because they want to start new businesses, staff our labs, serve in our military and otherwise contribute to the country we love. And it is cruel.” Like many audiences, he asks for the best of Congressional action in preventing the unnecessary threat of deportation looming over Dreamers.

To #DefendDACA, attend an event, or call a Congressman. The uncertainty of what 800,000 working, law-abiding, and tax-paying citizens will encounter is too weighty a circumstance to ignore.

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An Open Letter to the Person Who Still Uses the "R Word"

Your negative associations are slowly poisoning the true meaning of an incredibly beautiful, exclusive word.
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What do you mean you didn't “mean it like that?" You said it.

People don't say things just for the hell of it. It has one definition. Merriam-Webster defines it as, "To be less advanced in mental, physical or social development than is usual for one's age."

So, when you were “retarded drunk" this past weekend, as you claim, were you diagnosed with a physical or mental disability?

When you called your friend “retarded," did you realize that you were actually falsely labeling them as handicapped?

Don't correct yourself with words like “stupid," “dumb," or “ignorant." when I call you out. Sharpen your vocabulary a little more and broaden your horizons, because I promise you that if people with disabilities could banish that word forever, they would.

Especially when people associate it with drunks, bad decisions, idiotic statements, their enemies and other meaningless issues. Oh trust me, they are way more than that.

I'm not quite sure if you have had your eyes opened as to what a disabled person is capable of, but let me go ahead and lay it out there for you. My best friend has Down Syndrome, and when I tell people that their initial reaction is, “Oh that is so nice of you! You are so selfless to hang out with her."

Well, thanks for the compliment, but she is a person. A living, breathing, normal girl who has feelings, friends, thousands of abilities, knowledge, and compassion out the wazoo.

She listens better than anyone I know, she gets more excited to see me than anyone I know, and she works harder at her hobbies, school, work, and sports than anyone I know. She attends a private school, is a member of the swim team, has won multiple events in the Special Olympics, is in the school choir, and could quite possibly be the most popular girl at her school!

So yes, I would love to take your compliment, but please realize that most people who are labeled as “disabled" are actually more “able" than normal people. I hang out with her because she is one of the people who has so effortlessly taught me simplicity, gratitude, strength, faith, passion, love, genuine happiness and so much more.

Speaking for the people who cannot defend themselves: choose a new word.

The trend has gone out of style, just like smoking cigarettes or not wearing your seat belt. It is poisonous, it is ignorant, and it is low class.

As I explained above, most people with disabilities are actually more capable than a normal human because of their advantageous ways of making peoples' days and unknowingly changing lives. Hang out with a handicapped person, even if it is just for a day. I can one hundred percent guarantee you will bite your tongue next time you go to use the term out of context.

Hopefully you at least think of my friend, who in my book is a hero, a champion and an overcomer. Don't use the “R Word". You are way too good for that. Stand up and correct someone today.

Cover Image Credit: Kaitlin Murray

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Sorry People, But #BelieveWomen Is #UnAmerican

Presumption of innocence is a core American value

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There's a saying: "Lack of faith and blind faith - both are equally dangerous". Believing sexual assault accusers who are women just because they are women besides being the very definition of sexist - prejudice based on sex - is setting a harmful precedent on the way justice is served in this country. See, what this movement has done is changed justice from "prove guilt" to "prove innocence", an important and incredibly dangerous difference. Where is the due process that our Founding Fathers envisioned, fought, and died for?

Due process is an integral part of the reason why we have the United States of America. It was so important to our Founding Fathers that they included it in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eight (the Bill of Rights), and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. It galls me to see how privileged modern day feminists are - so privileged they seemingly forget the freedoms this country affords them, so they may live their life, expect liberty, and be unhindered in their pursuit of happiness.

#BelieveWomen is a vigilante movement - and with vigilante justice the innocent always hang with the guilty, one of the very reasons for due process. I've heard the argument it's better to let innocent men rot in jail than have rapist men walk free, an argument, despite being incredibly moronic and unAmerican, that would not be made if the accused was a man close to the woman's heart. Because with the change to "prove innocence", the assumption will be guilt, and a confirmation bias will be created. Whereas if the assumption is innocence, the jury must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that a crime has occurred. I understand that a high percentage of rape accusations are truthful (I believe the number is in the high 90s), but the small percentage that are not means we cannot, in good conscience, assume guilt. To assume would damn some men to a fate they do not deserve, a fate they would have to endure simply because of their sex. Any real feminist should be appalled at how sexism is implicitly encouraged in this movement.

If you choose to #BelieveWomen in spite of everything I outlined, that is your prerogative, but you must #BelieveAllWomen. If your father, husband, boyfriend, or son gets accused, you must #BelieveWomen and stand with their accuser. Any less and your feminist privilege will show. Vocal #MeToo activist Lena Dunham has already shown her privilege - accusing actress Aurora Perrineau of lying about being assaulted by her friend Murray Miller. When the going gets hard, feminists rarely stick to their principles. And sadly, feminism - and the double standards it always brings - rears its ugly head once again.

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