Following the White House’s announcement that the DACA program would be ended with a 6-month delay, former President Barack Obama’s Chief Strategist, David Axelrod, weighed in on Trump’s deceptive tweet on the matter.
I look forward to working w/ D's + R's in Congress to address immigration reform in a way that puts hardworking citizens of our country 1st.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2017
While Trump’s tweet may deceptively frame the termination of DACA as a way to stop immigrants from taking American jobs, this is undoubtedly a human rights issue above all else. By ending this program, Trump is punishing nearly 800,000 young people – who only know life in the United States – for having been brought into this country by no decision of their own.
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, many politicians on both sides of the aisle support this program and those affected by it.
As Americans, we don’t have to step on others to raise ourselves up. That’s not who we are as a nation and, despite Trump’s best efforts to mislead us through his manipulative framing, never who we will be.
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.