It was an interesting coincidence that I received my renewed passport and my son’s new passport in the mail today. I flipped through the pages of this extremely patriotic iteration of the little book, thinking about the explicit and implicit promises and the students we work with every day, who fight for just a few of those promises.
I believe that when we have privilege, it is important to move beyond naming it. We have to actually use that privilege to gain equity for those who can not. We can live publicly. We can write, call, march. We can make sure we are creating empathetic youth. We can vote.
It is no secret that I have no respect or care for the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave (when he is actually there). As one commentator once said, “this is what it looks like when greed and incompetence mix.”
It is also no secret that I come from a family of dreamers before DREAMers existed. It has been a passion of mine to ensure we have access to an education, including the ability to live in a capacity to pursue that dream.
I think it is too easy for people to dismiss these aspirations as theft or criminality. It’s especially lazy when they do so without problematizing around immigration policy–including how long it takes to become a citizen especially for groups of people from specific countries–economic outcomes of immigrant labor, and the global push factors that the United States should take responsibility for.
The announcement today was a tremendous blow. But immigrants are resilient people. There were solutions prior to DACA, and while this administration seems incredibly focused on un-doing anything that has Obama’s name on it, we can’t become discouraged or disengaged from the process. That is most critical now.
The following is a list of resources to support DACA students and families (courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Education):