I have written previously about illegal immigration. In this article I want to be more specific in addressing the issue surrounding DACA and the dreamers. Despite all the reasons that I have given in the previous article, I still believe that we should NOT deport the dreamers from America. The reasons I have given in the previous article say that it is not outside of our rights to deport ANY illegal immigrant. To not be outside of our rights does not mean that this is the right thing to do in every single situation. It is the same as sentencing a criminal…the maximum sentence is within our rights although the judge can give a shorter sentence. What to do in regards to the dreamers has to be within reason as well and there are many reasons why we should not deport them.
When we have 800,000 illegal young immigrants in the United States, we need to look at our own flaw in regards to border security since it was not merely 10,000 people who felt that they can come here in this fashion. This means that our country is sending a message around the world that almost promotes the ability of one to come here illegally without facing many consequences. This needs to change. This is the same as having 10 people gain weight after drinking sugary drinks vs having 1 million people gain weight after drinking sugary drinks. The latter becomes evidence that it is not just the people themselves who are at fault but that there is a problem somewhere that needs to be solved. In terms of immigration, we can no longer say, “no fault of their own” since this “fault” is more of a flaw on our part. Yet, we need to make it clear that this is a one time exception that cannot be tolerated thereafter–and this exception has to be promoted by changes in the law and by increasing border security.
Second of all, the right to not deport these people is best shown if we are to imagine this scenario: Imagine if we deport these people and after a few years we go to war with the nation they moved back to. It becomes clear that it is not right to battle those people since such war magnifies the connection we had with each other here in America. They would not just be another person from a foreign country but they would be people who have friends here and they would be people who have lived amongst us and who have dealt with our problems as well as us dealing with theirs in a fashion that is personal. In essence, it would be something more wrong and more guilt provoking if one of our soldiers was to kill one of them during a war. Hence, it appears to me that illegal immigration is of such nature that once a person has entered a country and has developed a strong connection with its people that they no longer become fit for deportation. This means that we truly need to secure our borders.
We cannot all-of-the-sudden give seriousness to an issue when that issue affects the lives of people dramatically while having treated the issue as unimportant for so long before hands. This in and of itself would be considered an act of persecution. Imagine if we started out being a country where gay people can marry freely…yet, all of the sudden, we have a “moral” awakening upon which we decide to take tougher measures against gay marriage. This would be nothing short of persecution since the previous policy becomes something of a “trap” that gave people a sense of ease and relaxation in the expression of the self without them knowing that they have been sitting in a pot of water that has finally come to a boil. And in having so many illegal immigrants in the USA, it becomes evidence that we have known about this problem for a long long time without taking it seriously enough to do something about it. Now, all of the sudden, we have a “moral” awakening upon which we want to say, “enough is enough” having not said much of that before hands. This becomes a trap specially when it comes to people who have been living here for so long. Again, this would be nothing short of persecution. “When we decide to do something”: That is not how a government should run but this is how your teenager may act if you give him a chore. This shows a level of negligence on our part as it shows a level of carelessness on our part as it also shows a failure in enforcing the laws that have been placed for so long. Immigration laws, since they have been shown to be a thing enforced mainly by the presidency which changes every 4 years, needs to become that which is non-partisan and that which is similar to the laws that are in regards to K-12 education where it is mandatory for people to attend. This means that immigration laws cannot change every 4 years and they cannot become enforced in a lenient or tough manner depending on who our president is. Immigration laws are not gas prices where one day you pay 3 dollars a gallon and the next you pay 2.93 a gallon.
When people come here illegally and they fight to stay here, it becomes an endangerment on their lives if we were to deport them since by coming here in this fashion, the government of their homeland may take it as a personal offense that these people are willing to put their lives at risk than for them to stay in their original countries. Hence, coming here in this fashion is almost a vouch-safe in loyalty towards America from the point of view of other nations. When sending them back to their “home lands”, we need to understand that they have risked something to come here and that this “risk” is in siding with America and not in siding with their home lands.
Immigration laws need to be enforced correctly and borders need to be secured if for no reason but for the sake of minors. When it comes to minors, every adult around the world has a responsibility towards them. We cannot look at those people and say that due to our failure to enforce the law, they have been allowed to live here—-and then try to assert correctness thereafter upon which we want to deport them back. If we have not wronged them by not giving them a citizenship, then we have wronged them by allowing their parents to enter the country in such fashion. For the argument that these now-adult minors have which says, “give us citizenship” can become one that says, “Why did you allow us to stay here for so long?” and “Why were you okay with me breaking the law?” A minor is able to assert that against America itself past the blame against their own parents. In that, we are very much so in a problematic position when it comes to these dreamers—they can demand a whole lot more than a citizenship AND be in the right when doing so. Illegal immigration is one thing—when it involves minors, it really has to be treated as if WE are the ones who have forced them into this country since the idea of “will” is in need of an adult’s permission where if that adult is unfit to give that permission, adults within our country (in this case: our government) are to be held accountable.
In relation to “dreamers” as a term used in regards to any group of people, I find the use of such term—albeit I appreciate the good intent behind using it—to be offensive. First, this term should not be political since it becomes divisive—politics just do not allow room for such gestures if they are not inclusive of most people. Second, those people do not need a selling point in order that others may accept them where the selling point is a principle that does not belong to others but belongs personally to any person who has it. Meaning that they are not MY dreamers…they are their own dreamers. “Oh My Dreamers…have ye not reached a milestone?!”–that is something a teacher may say of her students as she has reached a point of having influenced their goals and ambitions. They are not OUR dreamers. If anything we are more of their dreamers in that they can tell us, “in your dreams if you think we are going to leave this country ye foolish dreamers!” —They are kinda evil in the theatrical play that I envision in my head (jk). Not only that, but they are using the crap out of that word and I do not think that we will ever hear the end of it—it is being translated into 10 languages and thrown in our face as if we are not the ones who gave them that title: “WE ARE DREAMERS, STUPID!”—is what they might as well tell us. “DO NOT CRUSH THE DREAMS OF THE DREAMERS!”–But we are the ones who called you that… how can you use it against us?! It is like me telling you that you are gifted and then you saying, “SCREW YOU, I AM GIFTED!” I mean, these people are going all out when it comes to that word… they have taken it to heart as if being in America is the dream they have when truly the American dream is not “to be in America” but it is in what a person does when they reach America. Today these people are seeing themselves as dreamers for having the dream to remain in America. That is not the American dream however. I hate looking at their enthusiasm as they take personal ownership of their dreams in the form of an immigration status. I think that it looks so wrong on so many levels. I hate it when people have to do this much in order to deserve some respect and dignity since we have further wronged them by how contradictory that is to respect and dignity. This land is not made by America. God made this world and this land… We are people who live by laws that aim at respecting that which god made… This includes the land itself and the people in it. Dreams are not a payment for the right to dwell in a land. To give them the title of “dreamers” is to use the idea of a “dream” as an enforcement tool that forces the continuation of providing amnesty and support for these people when our own moral standards and our own beliefs are good enough to do the right thing. I truly hate seeing these people put themselves out there in such fashion that feels subordinating. And let me also mention, that in their life’s journey I hope that this leaves them the room to dream of other things. And if so, they will find that, as the rest of the people who have a dream to chase, many people might stand in their way and might disagree with their dreams and that they will have to put up a fight if they believe in them that much. This “dream” journey is not one that ends whenever people reach America but on the contrary it is one that starts when they reach it. And since these people are not allowing us to hear the end of it, I will also continue commenting on this by saying that this “dreamer” title, when having to protest for it and put up a fight for it in regards to something like immigration status, reminds of an exploitive situation similar to when a stripper goes to audition for the first time and everyone stands around to watch her… Or similar to an amateur porn actress who is trying out for the first time where she needs to “show me what you got!”… Or even similar to a desperate woman who has been pushed to homelessness and must now prostitute herself. They do not need to do all that for us to not kick them out as they are forced to do so today. The inclusion of “dreams” in a “life or limbo” situation is just disrespectful of these people as it puts more on the line than they otherwise would like to state publicly. It is true that these people may be “dreamers” just like all the people in this world; but we are not in the right to make use of their dreams and place them as a bet on staying in this country—even if it is merely a mental gesture since that is in line with the nature of a dream (dreams start as a mental gesture too). We do not have that right and no one has the right to do such thing in relation to ANYONE else. And we specially do not have the right to put them in a situation where they own the terms of that wager when we are the ones who gave it that title. In that, I need to voice my stance against the placement of their dreams in an immigration decision since voicing-a-stance-against it may be something worth doing within the spiritual world upon which dreams are realized and driven and within the spiritual world upon which the spirit of any dreamer finds itself a purpose and a goal.
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