The Trump Administration Will Rescind DACA

The Trump Administration Will Rescind DACA

Protect the dreamers.

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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Winfrey's Words On Sexual Assault Touch The Hearts Of Men And Women

The speech that has the nation talking.

For those of you who missed the Golden Globes on Sunday, January 7, Oprah Winfrey, the first black female recipient of the Cecil B. deMille Award delivered a rather ground-breaking speech on behalf of African Americans and women at large leaving many speculating her potential candidacy in the election of 2020.

In 1952, the annual tradition of presenting the Cecil B. deMille Award began when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association resolved to institute an honor that would recognize an individual's "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."

It may have come as a surprise that Winfrey's acceptance speech did not touch on any of her previous achievements as many recipients of the award have in the past. Rather, she took this opportunity to share a movingly vivid recollection of a historical event involving the rape of a young African American woman by the name of Recy Taylor.

As Winfrey shared, one evening in 1944, Taylor was returning home from church when she was seized and blindfolded by six white men who raped and left her on the side of the road. She lived to be 97 years old and drew her last breath in her sleep at a nursing home located in Abbeville, Alabama on December 28, 2017.

Winfrey's speech reflected heavily on sexual harassment and the Me Too Movement. Me Too, or #MeToo, sparked recently in October among several other social media hashtags designed to encourage women to speak out and share their stories of sexual violence.

However, what remains undoubtedly most commendable about Winfrey's speech is the fact that while she clearly stands for women, their rights, and the stand against abuse, she continues to remain an equalist. This is seen through her careful and brilliant use of language. While she spoke of our ever-growing strong feminine power, she did not use concrete words. Words that would suggest men as the inferior. In fact at the end of her speech, she did just the opposite. She brought the viewer's attention to men as well resulting in the crowd—comprised of thousands of women and men—rising to their feet for a standing ovation.

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