Trump’s immigration policies hurt America


By Dylan Collier, Assistant Scene Editor

President Donald Trump continues to disgust working Americans with the policies he’s trying to pass, especially his threats to repeal any rights that undocumented individuals deserve.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an example. There are criteria all applicants must meet. Applicants must have been younger than 31 as of 2012 and had moved to the U.S. before their 16th birthday. Applicants also must have been living in the U.S. from  June 15, 2007 to the present.

Candidates should be currently enrolled in school, have graduated from high school or obtained a GED, are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces in the U.S. and haven’t been convicted of a felony or significant misdemeanor.

Most importantly, applicants must not pose a threat to national security or public safety.

For me, making the decision to be an educator of higher learning means that immigrant students keep me employed. From my perspective, education is what opens the door to higher paying jobs and the American Dream for all people whether you are white, African-American, Asian, Latino or Muslim.

DACA is a good program because it provides immigrants with a work permit to compete in a country that is supposed to provide better opportunities than their home countries.

Although people come to America for many different reasons, a large portion of immigrants come here to liberate themselves from stagnant economies, widespread drug use, political corruption and high levels of crime.

What Trump fails to realize is that running a country is more than hosting a reality TV show or a popularity contest to satisfy his egotistical personality.

It is about uniting bonds with other countries, rather than dividing families.

After the executive order travel ban was signed on Jan. 27, many Middle-Eastern people with family and friends traveling outside of the country found themselves unjustly separated from each other.

During Obama’s presidency airports used tao be a place of reunions and jubilation. However, during Trump’s presidency they are slowly becoming a place for unnecessary detainment as students and workers were being barred from entering.

I am a direct descendant of Conrad Weiser, a German who migrated to the United States and became a peacemaker and negotiator with the Native American Indian Mohawk tribe.

He lived with Quaynant, a Mohawk chief in the Schoharie Valley in New York and eventually settled in Pennsylvania in 1729.

More of the ancestors in my genealogy moved from Wales and Ireland to the U.S. during the great Irish Potato Famine.

They were seeking a better environment to improve their lives, just like the immigrants of today.

I invite Trump to think about what his life would be like if he didn’t marry his Yugoslavian-immigrant wife Melania and back down from his hypocritical philosophy that we need to “deport all immigrants,” when his own wife is an immigrant. He’s living a pipe dream if he thinks that he can deny citizenship rights to the children of undocumented immigrants, because last time I checked the 14th Amendment says that, “all persons born in the U.S. are citizens of the U.S.”

We live in a land built by immigrants.

While the Contra Costa Community College District passed a resolution saying they won’t cooperate with the harsh Trump administration’s policies, there is still much work to be done in order to truly live up to our name as a “United” nation.

Dylan Collier is the assistant scene editor of The Advocate. Contact him at [email protected].