President Trump's distaste for immigrants is no secret, and he only continues to become harsher with the help of Senator Jeff Sessions. While he argues that immigrants are dangerous and causing crime, Tucson's police chief has quite a different opinion. Because of the great amount of anti-immigrant sentiment that is plaguing the United States currently, immigrants feel less and less safe and trusting of the government and law enforcement, causing them to become more secretive for fear of deportation. We need to build trust and positive rhetoric with immigrants rather than alienating them and treated them as outsiders, because they are not. Read the police chief's piece here.
While many had thought DACA was safe despite many of President Trump’s immigration crackdowns, not to mention Trump’s repeated assertions that DACA recipients won’t be deported, as explained by Vox, this is no longer the case. Attorneys General in several states are threatening to sue the Trump Administration to force an end to DACA. This could put the matter in the hands of Jeff Sessions, possibly the most anti-immigrant member of Trump’s cabinet. We should stop and remember that the overwhelming majority of DACA recipients came to the U.S. as very young children, have graduated from high school, have no criminal backgrounds, and are using DACA to work lawfully, attend college, support families, and contribute positively to our communities and our country. Eliminating DACA would take Trump’s harsh anti-immigrant, anti-family actions and policies to an entirely new low.
Timothy R. Bakken
Smart, ambitious immigrants want to come to the U.S. to start businesses and bring innovative, creative ideas to our country, not to mention build business that will create jobs for U.S workers. Trump is not making it easy. Today he announced that he will try to kill the “start-up visa” program that was due to begin next week. Read the full article from the New York Times here.
Timothy R. Bakken