In what has been widely derided as an inhumane decision, Trump’s White House announced today that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be ended with a 6-month delay. Former President Bill Clinton duly released a statement criticizing the move.
In his statement, Clinton eliminates all doubt as to the purpose of Trump’s decision. While the White House claims that terminating the program is a “responsible” and “constitutional” remedy necessary to “uphold the law,” the former President clearly describes the intent of the move as the termination of DACA.
Trump’s decision would affect nearly 800,000 children who know no life outside of the United States. 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. They “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, many politicians on both sides of the aisle support this program and those affected by it.
Whereas Trump has already failed to act as a unifying voice for the American people, Clinton has earned that reputation, offering a practical and compassionate call to action.
“Instead of punishing them, we should find ways to openly embrace them and to empower them to make their own contributions, as previous generations of immigrants have done. Congress should act immediately to protect their status and pave the way for their future and America’s future.”
America may not currently have a President capable of an articulate and empathetic response, but we are able to look to Bill Clinton to do just that.
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.