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Trump’s Decision to End DACA Is Morally Bankrupt
Republican Congressional Leadership Must Step Up, Provide Lasting Solution
September 5, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, UnidosUS (formerly NCLR), condemns President Trump’s decision to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), as announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. DACA is a successful policy that has brought immigration relief to about 800,000 young people who were brought to the United States as children. In addition to deferring deportation, DACA has enabled these young people—who are required to pass a background check and pay a $495 fee—to obtain jobs, pursue higher education and otherwise contribute to the nation. Ending DACA threatens recipients with deportation from the only country many of them have ever known.
“President Trump has again chosen to appease the bigots in his base rather than do what is in the best interest of the country. This has never been so clear than in today’s decision to end DACA. This action is not just short-sighted, it’s unspeakably cruel and gratuitous. For no plausible purpose or rationale that makes sense to anyone other than the most anti-immigrant extremists in our midst, he is saying ‘no thanks’ to young people who contribute to our country every single day. This is a travesty for our community and for our country,” said UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía.
Three out of four registered voters support DACA, including a majority of Republicans, according to recent poll data from FWD.us. And in Congress, there are proposals—from both sides of the aisle—to expand the program.
“Republican congressional leadership must act now to enact relief for these young people who have done what America has asked of them. Congress has the power to fix this, and there’s bipartisan legislation ready to get it done. It’s time to translate injustice into action,” Murguía added.
UC President Napolitano Denounces Decision to end DACA Program
UC Office of the President
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
“I am deeply troubled by President Trump’s decision to effectively end the DACA program and uproot the lives of an estimated 800,000 Dreamers across the nation. This backward-thinking, far-reaching move threatens to separate families and derail the futures of some of this country’s brightest young minds, thousands of whom currently attend or have graduated from the University of California.
“I call upon the U.S. Congress to immediately pass bipartisan legislation that would provide a permanent solution for these young people — one that charts a secure pathway toward citizenship and allows these Dreamers to continue to live, work and serve the only country most of them know as home. These youth need our protection and encouragement, and it is incumbent upon Congress to approve legislation that removes the uncertainty caused by President Trump’s misguided decision.
“The University and the state of California stand together in our belief that students should be admitted to UC and other institutions of higher education based on their records of achievement and without regard to their immigration status. President Trump’s decision undermines the ability of affected students to support themselves while at UC or other universities. In light of today’s decision, I am immediately directing my advisory committee on undocumented students to determine how best to support and protect University of California students who rely on DACA over the next six months and beyond. In the meantime, UC will continue to offer services to our undocumented students, including:
•Continuing to allow California residents who are Dreamers to pay in-state tuition;
•Maintaining the DREAM loan program for financial aid;
•Offering legal services to our undocumented students;
•Supporting campus-based student service centers; and
•Directing campus police not to contact, detain, question or arrest individuals based on suspected undocumented status, or to enter agreements to undertake joint efforts to make arrests for federal immigration law violations.
“The University of California will continue to stand with Dreamers and their supporters as we fight to keep the program alive.”
TIME TO LOWER THE FLAG ON THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
California Black Media
MARK T. HARRIS, Esq.
Member, California Fair Employment, and Housing Council
Oct 3, 2017
"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Samuel Johnson on April 7, 1775
The American Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775, and lasted for a period of over seven years. The war was a reaction to rising hostility of those living in the so-called New World colonies towards the inexcusable taxation policies of Britain's King George II. One must remember that for all the nostalgic jingoism we may feel towards being "American" during these modern times, one can imagine how America's British forbears might have perceived the ungrateful renegades who sought independence from the monarchy. In fact, I am sure that in the minds of those back home in the old country (i.e., Britain) the soon-to-be American colonial revolutionaries were quite un-patriotic.
No one knows the full meaning of the Samuel Johnson quote regarding patriotism, but conventional wisdom believes that he was referring to the cloak of patriotic respectability even scoundrels cover themselves with when all else fails. After all, just about anything goes in the name of patriotism, right? The president's recent reference to professional athletes as "sons of bitches," for merely attempting to exercise their freedom of expression, is just the latest example of our nation's leader attempting to cloak his unbearable conduct under the guise of patriotism.
Each of us should be proud of the country we call home, both citizen or non-citizen alike. Patriotism is not limited by birthright or citizenship status. I proudly fly an American flag in my yard on a daily basis and am the son and son-in-law of two former members of the U.S. military. I am proud of those who have served our country in its armed forces both at home and abroad.
However, it is time to "lower the flag" on the playing and singing of the Star Spangled Banner during professional sporting events. A professional sporting event is entertainment like a Broadway play or a musical concert. It is no more necessary to play the Star Spangled Banner before each professional sporting event than it would be to play it before the start of the musical Hamilton prior to the raising of the opening curtain.
Those who have vociferously stated politics do not belong in sports are right if they mean during the actual sporting event taking place. That includes the obligatory singing of the Star Spangled Banner; or the "seventh inning stretch" rendition of "God Bless America" or the occasional stadia military aircraft fly over.
Those who have been criticizing professional athletes for choosing to protest police violence against African-Americans by "taking a knee" during the pre-game playing of the Star Spangled Banner are missing a key point. The professional playing field should be as free from our national anthem and players' reaction to the playing of it as it should be from a pre-game speech from a player or team owner across the stadium public address system regarding whom they are supporting or opposing for political office.
There is no litmus test for patriotism. The beauty of the freedom of expression guaranteed to each of us by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is that no one person may determine for another what being a patriot means to them.
During this entire period of tension associated with the taking a knee controversy, I have been most impressed by military active duty and veterans alike who have stated their unwavering support for the principle that each of us has the constitutionally protected right to freely express our opinion. Let's just hope our athletic entertainers soon come to a point when they no longer feel it necessary to express it right before they perform.
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