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    • Supporters of DACA gathered in Washington DC this September to protest President Trump’s actions.

You Are Welcome Here

Opinion by: Collette Mourier '18, Op/Ed Editor
In early September, the Trump Administration announced its plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) immigration plan, that has protected undocumented immigrant children who are brought to the United States since 2012.
The DACA immigrants are called “Dreamers” for a reason-- but their dream of a finding education, employment, and ultimately a better future in the United States is about to be stripped away. President Trump, barring human empathy, is willing to displace the lives and security of thousands who have no criminal records, are educated, pay income taxes, join our military, and have been legally protected in our country. The mass exodus of immigrants that Trump desires is much more than an “indefinable mass of flesh” (which is the way Ta-Nehisi Coates describes slavery in Between the World and Me). The people being deported are individuals, all of whom have their own work ethics, family circumstances, and reasons for immigrating to the United States in the first place. By neglecting every iota of humanity in the situation, Trump and his constituents put themselves on the wrong side of history by discriminating so broadly. It is not a partisan issue; rather, it is a human issue.

Trump has taken no additional mea
sures to make the path to U.S. citizenship an easier one. So, what is he suggesting it really means to be an American? Everyone’s family has immigrated to America at some point in its history. Trump’s own mother was a Scottish immigrant. Whether the President would like to admit it or not, the true mix of culture and creed that exists in the United States is one of our defining features as a country. 

As if it has not been said enough times, Hopkins is a "city on a hill" and a microcosm where our values and actions dictate and influence the society we aspire to be. 
Though the political climate is on a national stage and seems overwhelming and intangible at times, we can continue to support one another and speak out when something contradicts our values on - at a very minimum - the community level. To any Hopkins students and families who may be affected by DACA, know that you have a community behind you, willing to stand with you and fight for your right to be in this country. 
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