By Brady Rogers
For years American politicians have struggled with the topic of immigration, and what to do with the millions of undocumented citizens living among us. Under different authority, we’ve managed to see a wide variety of proposals and beliefs.
As most of us are aware, recent headline news has addressed Obama’s DACA act allowing children who immigrated to the United States to stay. President Trump believes the program should end, claiming that they’re stealing our jobs and using our systems.
The misconception lies in the concept that they’re “stealing” our jobs. The jobs filled by these immigrants are mainly agricultural and beauty services, manicures and pedicures to name a few. These lines of work thrive because of immigrants and are overlooked by people who have been citizens their whole life.
On a more personal level, the people affected are now graduating from college and becoming immersed in communities and looking for careers. Many of them came to America as children and young teenagers. They’ve grown with the system, and don’t deserve to be yanked from it.
We often overlook the fact that the United States was founded because our ancestors decided to immigrate here and start a new life. The statements made by these public figures are hypocritical and need to be reevaluated.
The Dreamers are the least of our worries, they aren’t harming our system any more than actual Americans. Our country should shift our focus onto more important issues like our president’s controversial Twitter rants and beliefs. Also, disaster relief and aiding the people affected by the natural disasters that have happened over the last month.
It’s important to treat everyone like they deserve to be treated. No human is illegal, and no one should wake up each morning scared of what’s going to happen next.
Dreamer at protest holding sign that explains why DACA is important for young individuals and their future. (Photo courtesy of LA Times).