As news broke that Trump had decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a 6-month delay, a move that would affect nearly 800,000 children, Americans have almost unanimously spoken out against what has been viewed as a decidedly inhumane move. As such, protestors have assembled outside of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s home for a candlelight vigil.
— Cris Ruiz (@votecris2040) September 5, 2017
This is a candlelight vigil outside Jared Kushner and ivanka Trump's homes by DACA recipients https://t.co/rxmEL3LOeN
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) September 5, 2017
While Ivanka and Jared were billed early on as “moderating forces” to the President, they have time and time again proven wholly impotent when it comes to influencing Trump’s decisions. For example, a supposed “outspoken critic” of climate change, Ivanka did nothing to sway her father’s decision regarding the Paris Agreement as he ultimately pulled out of the international pact.
DREAMers, as those who take advantage of the DACA program are often referred, are those who have benefited from the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act “who were brought to the country at an early age without documentation but have assimilated to U.S. culture and have been educated by U.S. school systems.” Because they arrived in the United States by no fault of their own and know no life outside of this country, many politicians on both sides of the aisle support this program and those affected by it.
Now, as surrogates for Donald Trump, Ivanka and Jared can come face-to-face with those whose lives will be directly affected by this abhorrent decision. And, once again, they can decide if they are actually going to speak up or simply remain complicit in one of the most cruel moves an American President has ever made.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.