Why Should We Care About DACA & Immigration?

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This morning I wanna grieve for a few minutes, teach for a few minutes, then challenge you to step up in a major way about an emergency in this country that I strongly believe we all need to adopt as a central issue to our fight for civil and human rights in America.

This past week, 31-year-old Alonso Guillen, a local radio host known as DJ Ocho on 101.9 in Lukfin, Texas, heard that nearby families were trapped in the surging flood waters caused by Hurricane Harvey. So Alonso did what so many brave folk in Texas have done – he got a boat, grabbed two of his friends, and decided he was going to go save some lives. Working until midnight this past Wednesday, well into the dark of the night, Alonso’s boat collided with a bridge and was crushed, sending all three men into the water. One survived, but Alonso and his friend Tomas had not yet been found.

On Sunday evening, Alonso’s dear family spotted his body. They had not given up watch since first learning he was missing. His death pushed the toll of lives lost over 60 for Hurricane Harvey. I’ve posted a link to how you can help Alonso’s family on my Facebook and Twitter pages and hope that you will consider chipping in however you can.

But here’s where it gets political. Donald Trump, being the bigoted white supremacist he is, didn’t even want Alonso to be in the United States in the first place. See, Alonso was not an undocumented immigrant, which is the more appropriate term for who many people used to call illegal immigrants. Alonso was not undocumented or illegal.

He was a DACA recipient. DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.  DACA recipients were children of undocumented immigrants who only know the United States as home. This is where they’ve been raised, where they’ve gone to school, where they grew up. This is where they call home. They aren’t just from Mexico, but are from nations all over the world. The United States is their home. This is all they know. They speak English. They are high school students, college students, college grads, and productive working members of our society.

Hundreds of DACA recipients are my personal friends. Our nation has over 800,000 men and women who’ve been granted these protections. You will also hear them called “dreamers.” That’s because of a proposed bill, the DREAM Act, which would grant them permanent protections. The bill, which is so simple, has failed to pass through Congress for nearly 20 straight years – even when Democrats controlled both the House & the Senate.

Now, later today, it is expected that Donald Trump is going to announce that he is even going to end the simple DACA protections for the 800,000 young people who were granted those rights by President Obama. It’s as gross and inhumane as anything an American President has done in my lifetime.

These young people are the best young people in our country. They represent less than 8% of undocumented immigrants in America. They walk the straight and narrow path. They’ve paid hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars in fees. They regularly complete paperwork and attend check-in appointments. They obey the law. They, of all people, should be given reasonable, humane protections from our government.

Let me be clear.

Donald Trump is a son of immigrants. He has married two immigrants. And at this very moment he employees immigrants at his hotels and properties. This man is targeting DACA recipients – not because he has a problem with immigrants, but because he knows doing so will appeal to his bigoted base of supporters at a time when his approval ratings are dipping down to historic lows.

It’s not hyperbole to call this man a bigot. For any of you who, for some reason, were still on the fence about this, I hope these past few months have ended all ambiguity for you. Donald Trump is a sexist, racist, bigoted white supremacist. And with his back against the wall, he’s doing everything he knows to make sure that he doesn’t lose the support of America’s most racist citizens.

I’ll close with this thought.

I want to encourage you to speak up for DACA recipients. I want to encourage you to speak up for the rights of these beautiful young people who call this country home. They are our friends.

Here’s what I know – and I want you to hear this from me – all over this country – DACA recipients speak out against police brutality, speak out against racism and bigotry and white supremacy, they speak up for voting rights for Black folk – now it’s our time to return the favor and speak up for them.

My life quote, which I’ve shared on our show often, is from Dr. King when he said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

He was right then and he’s right now. We must stand up for DACA recipients. We must speak out for them. And we must do it now!

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18 thoughts on “Why Should We Care About DACA & Immigration?

  1. I wonder if Daca is taken away will everyone have to carry ID cards? Don’t forget Africans, Jamaicans and some Hispanics look like us and I’m not trying to be deported cause someone thought I was an immigrant.

  2. Robbe Portman on said:

    White Liberals in black face is the new thing in America now days. Black Liberals like Mr. King and the Rev believe that everyone’s battle is ours to fight even though few show up to fight for us. It is time that we focus on fighting our battles and let others fight theirs. You never hear liberals discussing what is beneficial to blacks in this country and to rally for something just because Trump is against it is simple.

    • Yeah, the Kumbaya pimps like King, Sharpton want us to join hands and support folk who don’t have ANY business making demands or having expectations. We have poor black, white & brown children in this country w/parents who are legal citizens…and yet we’ve allowed the likes of these folk & the corporate corrupt demorats to make Unauthorized folk our concern. They want the future votes. They are casting the negro to the side (after using us for decades) for the new negro’s in town: Unauthorized. Can we hear from American Dreamers who can’t pay for college or are homeless, parentless?

  3. I got shot for no apparent reason at all by a grown ass illegal wetback trying to teach his son how to kill a black boy when I was just thirteen years old way back when fist fights was the settling method for quarrels and at a time when people were not shooting each at random in other in LA (in the way early 70’s). and this was in a nice neighborhood on the far west side of town. I knew that this illegal trash didn’t belong over on that side, but just like most cowards he was looking for a very very easy kill for him and his 11 year old non english speaking ass son. as I got shot I ran the opposite way and was able to read at least 4 # off of his license plate. They caught up with him, and deported him, but he probably came right back the next day and lived out his hateful days in America. JUST BUILD THE WALL. WE DON’T OWE THEIR CHILDREN ANYTHING. AND HOW ARE WE BREAKING UP FAMILIES? GO WITH YO MAMA AND YO DADDY!!!! AND YALL WONT BE BROKE UP. I can’t rob a bank then buy all of my children homes and cars, if I did the IRS and the police will come and take everything from my kids EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT ROB THE BANK BECAUSE WHAT I DID WAS ILLEGAL!!!! PERIOD!!!! RIGHT? JUST LIKE THE PARENTS OF THE DACA THING. THEIR KIDS ARE ILLEGAL AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO KEEP THE TREASURES OF THEIR PARENTS ILLEGAL ACTIONS.

    • deport; I 2nd your motion that the entire Mexican Families should be Deported to Mexico and/or South Americas as a means to prevent from Dividing their families.

    • Bass Reemer on said:

      deportthemall- I hear you. I just can’t get behind supporting lawbreakers. I always hear many of these SAME FOLKS trashing black folk all the time about this or that regarding crime but when it comes to them then it’s a different story. Like you said you can’t rob a bank and use the ill gotten loot to send your kids to school to “better their lives” but it’s ok for lawmakers to selectively enforce laws- and now the California state legislature just passed this cockamamie “Sanctuary State” nonsense. So-called law enforcement agencies turn a blind eye to these folks but have no problems tailing and eventually pulling over a black citizen for a minute traffic violation…

  4. Lone Wolf on said:

    We are supposed to support DACA because the REPUBLICAN President wants to end it. The DACA program only supports illegal Mexicans. Now Sacramento is going to pay Mexican gang member (many are illegals) not to kill each other. We really need to reconsider just voting Democrat. The DNC don’t care about us, just our votes. Baaaaaaaaaa!

  5. Melisss on said:

    Who speak for blacks, Mexicans are over in this country doing much better than us, buying homes, driving big nice cars, getting food stamps, free dental and health care, you know what I get Nothing, sorry I don’t hate anyone, but Mexican people don’t like blacks, why should we b fighting their cause??

  6. ANTI-BLACK: I have experienced that MOST Hispanics are very Prejudice toward Black People to the extent that their Bias & Prejudice is border-line Hate.

  7. Barbara on said:

    I totally DISAGREE that we should support DACA. I’ve seen too many illegals replace Black people in jobs we ordinarily had. Let them fight their own dam battles. They are not my friends any more than Whites are my friend. You should remember anther saying by Dr. King, that we should judge people based on the content of their character–not the color of their skin. I hate it when Black people “lick the assess” of any one with color in their skin. These DACA and all the rest are NOT our friends. Whites too support us against police brutality! Whites were there for us during Abolition as well. Stop judging people by skin color.
    They should be deported and the college money and jobs they now use should go to some poor black student.

  8. Hell, I work around Mexicans, Asians, and other foreigners. They hardly associate with blks. I agree, we have to fight our own battles. Gould luck to them. Btw, A lot of them voted for 45

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