“No greater good can be done for the overall health and well-being of our Republic, than preserving and strengthening the impartial rule of law. Societies where the rule of law is treasured are societies that tend to flourish and succeed.”
Jeff Sessions – Announcement of the end of the DACA Program
Today, Tuesday September 5th, 2017, President of the United States Donald J. Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. He is ending the legal status of over 800,000 Americans who have committed the sole “offense” of being brought by their non-citizen parents illegally into the country as children. Implicit in this is the eventual deportation of these 800,000 to their “country of origin;” countries where they did not grow up, have little or no contact, and may not even speak the language.
This is just another step in the slow erosion of America. America has over the past two hundreds years gradually expanded citizenship. First it was white, property owning men, then the property qualification was dropped, then the “white” was dropped, then women were added, native Americans included, and since we have continued to expand the legal definition to include more of the diversity that makes America great. Clearly the Dreamers, this group of Americans, here by no fault of their own, raised here, serving here, working here; most deserve this expansion. Until the last six months with the election of Donald J. Trump.
He is a coward. A coward: hiding behind the “strength and well being of the Republic,” when the real strength and well being of our Republic is the value we place on life, liberty, and happiness. A coward: using the old saw of “law and order” instead of the real values of America.
“With malice for none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in…”
This was from a man who recognized the citizenship of Americans who fought AGAINST their country. Instead of following this Republican model, Trump hides behind the “law” to inflict his ultimately racist views on our nation.
He is a coward. A coward who could not even stand up to spout his racist decision. He did it through Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, a man familiar with racist views. And he didn’t even have the courage of his conviction to really “do it;” he passed the buck to the Congress to let them struggle with it.
And he did it to those who committed no crime: whose only act was to follow their parents.