‘America is their country’
Regarding “DACA is being rescinded with ‘wind down’ period” (Sep. 5): My heart has felt an excruciating pain since learning that President Trump will eliminate DACA. DACA is a subject personal to me. I have been an ESL teacher for 17 years. I have worked with hundreds of immigrant children. They are my children, not just my students. They came to this country, not of their own volition. They did not make the decision to come to this country. Children just do what their parents tell them to do.
These children, my children, worked hard to learn the language, to master the contents of all subject areas. They were and are brave. How would someone react if they were thrown into an unknown world? They were courageous. They adapted to a new culture and succeeded. One of them is now a paralegal in a prestigious law firm here. Another graduated from a university in Texas. Others started their own businesses. Many of them have families.
America is their country. To think that the president is willing to destroy what they have built makes my soul despair. I really hope the Congress approves a bill protecting these children, my children, our children.
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DACA repeal ‘inhumane’
Regarding “DACA is being rescinded with ‘wind down’ period” (Sep. 5): President Trump has passed his problem with DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program), to Congress. DACA allows 800,000 undocumented young people to work, go to college and get a driver’s license without fear of deportation. Without legitimizing legislation, these youth will be vulnerable to deportation.
I have known many of these youth, through hearing hundreds of their stories over the last decade through the Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students. We raised over $1 million for scholarships to help them attend North Carolina higher-education institutions. They face hurdles that their American friends do not: They cannot get either federal or state funds; in North Carolina, they must pay out-of-state tuition. Despite earning top high school grades, engaging in community service and holding part-time jobs while their parents often work at more than one job, these talented, determined youth cannot afford college.
Yet, we were able to fund only a percentage of the applicants – who have since become young professionals, budding entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. It’s tragic and inhumane to cast away these young women and men, over 25,000 in North Carolina. The choice lies in the hands – and hearts – of our senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis.
Give decision chance
I understand that The News and Observer held a Community Voices forum on fake news. An example is DACA and the media attacks on the president while he has stated all along that Dreamers have nothing to worry about. It is important that the law in America follow the Constitution and not the desires of a president who used his position to invalidate the laws of the country without the media fighting him.
Laws are made by Congress and not the president. Congress will decide what to do about the Dreamers and future undocumented immigrants that enter the country to potentially take advantage of taxpayers with the consent of biased courts.
Joseph John Rothengast
Dreamers ‘deserve chance’
Regarding “DACA is being rescinded with ‘wind down’ period” (Sep. 5): Attorney General Jeff Sessions and President Trump have just rescinded DACA. There are 27,000 Dreamers in North Carolina. They are contributing to the economy, to our communities and are paying into Social Security.
My grandmother was brought to this country as a 2-year-old; she did not have a choice. She went to school through eighth grade, then left to work in a factory to support her family. My grandfather also worked in that factory. They raised three sons, two of whom served their country during World War II. My father went to medical school, caring for countless others through his 50 years of practicing medicine. I also became a doctor, as has my daughter.
We all provide care to our community and contribute to the economy, because of the opportunities afforded by this country. Dreamers deserve those same chances. I urge our senators to seek bipartisan legislation, as soon as possible, to allow these young people to remain the vibrant and beneficial part of our nation they have become.
A long game on DACA?
Regarding “More Trump pandering on DACA phase-out” (Sep. 6): Is it possible that President Trump took this action to spur Congress to enact overall immigration legislation? Congress has been doing nothing on this issue for years. Although the latest presidential action is harsh, perhaps that is what is needed to get Congress to do its job.
We the people have been calling for immigration reform for years, to no avail. Perhaps now we can get some good out of those folks in Washington.
I agree with “More Trump pandering on DACA phase-out” (Sep. 6): “The “DACA” program is practical and humane. ... these law-abiding residents have contributed to their communities in many ways.” The average DACA recipient is 26 and came to the US at age 6. Most are employed and have no criminal record. 80 percent of U.S. residents support the young people covered by DACA. Two-thirds of Trump supporters oppose the deportation of DACA young people.
I urge all U.S. citizens to take action. Urge your members of Congress to support the bills put forward by Sen. Thom Tillis, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Ruben Gallego . These young people deserve to be made citizens. It is long past time to pass comprehensive immigration reform. America is a nation of immigrants. Immigrants are what make America great. Enough of the hateful rhetoric and actions. Make America great and support these young people and their parents.
Gail S. Phares