Respect for the political competence of the Daca Dreamers' organizers

Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
By: 
Badlands Journal editorial board

 Here are a couple of typical articles, better than most,  about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as Daca, whose enrollees are called "the Dreamers." They report the present political logjam over Daca in Congress and describe the program in detail. The press, mesmerized by the president, sees the Daca story almost completely from what a Californian would call an Anglo point of view. In the midst of the distress over the government shutdown, I cannot find in the press anything that reflects my strongest impression of the centrifugal force of the political situation caused by the existence of the Dreamers. What strikes me most are the decades of community and political organization in the Hispanic communities throughout the nation that lie behind the present situation working quietly in the shadow of racial prejudice. The Dreamers and their allies have created a movement powerful enough to command nearly universal sympathy from the larger community and once again shows the Trump administration to be a collection of knucklehead white supremacists. But, true to the contradictions inherent in the situation, Mexican flags frequently fly beside the Stars and Stripes at rallies, despite the strong evidence that the Dreamers are not dreaming of returning to poor, crime-ridden Mexico. Yet, to deepen the paradox, that flag and the identity it signals is the basis of the Dreamers' great campaign.  

-- wmh

 

1-20-18

The Guardian

Failed deal over Dreamers at the heart of US government shutdown

Program to protect young undocumented migrants prompts political showdown and government closure

Lauren Gambino in Washington

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/20/government-shutdown-dreamers-immigration-democrats-trump

 

9-14-17

The Guardian

What is Daca and who are the Dreamers?

Here is everything you need to know about the program that gives temporary protection to undocumented migrants who arrived in the US as children

Joanna Walters 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/04/donald-trump-what-is-daca-dreamers

 

9-4-17

Forbes

Mexico Accounts For 78% Of DACA Applications [Infographic] - Forbes

https://www.forbes.com/.../mexico-accounts-for-78-of-daca-applications-infographic/

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1-11-18

Los Angeles Times

Why the State Department said these 5 Mexican states were unsafe for.travel

Kate Linthicum

www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-states-warning-20180111-htmlstory.html

 

 

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