Written by Dennis Michael Lynch
Normal people. We all have one thing in common. We all love our kids.
Doesn’t matter our race, religion or ethnicity, we all want the best for our kids, and we’ll do anything we can to protect them. If you agree with this concept, you should continue reading. If you do not, you should click away.
The big discussion right now is DACA. Also known as Obama’s deferred action program for “Dreamers.” I call it amnesty. Whatever you want to call it, Obama put forward an executive order in 2012 that protects the “children” of illegal aliens.
DACA is based on the idea that adult illegal aliens brought their children to the U.S. illegally without giving their kids a choice.
In some cases, America is the only place some of these young people know. Keep in mind the term “young people” is very broad, as many of these illegal alien “kids” are in their twenties. Some of them as old as 25 and 26. I don’t know about you, but I was not a “kid” when I was 25. When I was 25 I had a job, a home, and my first baby was about to be born.
Regardless of age, “Dreamers” are facing a tough day come September 5, 2017. That’s the day DACA is set to expire. President Trump has a choice. He can either extend it, which means he grants the same illegal amnesty as Obama, or he can cancel it, which means he keeps to his campaign promise.
If he cancels it, the next big issue is what to do with the “Dreamers” who are here today. Many people believe Trump will allow them to stay under the protection of DACA. In short, they’ll be “grandfathered in.” Thus, they can work legally in the U.S., go to school and college, and get official ID without the fear of being deported.
Keep something in mind if you are siding with the emotional end of this debate.
Go back to the top of this article and read again what it says. If you are normal, you would do anything you can for your children. Getting them through grade school and keeping them safe is only part of the equation. You also want to help them live out their dreams, because that’s what parents do.
Do you remember back when your kids were really little and you’d asked, “What do you dream of being when you grow up?” If your kids were like mine, they dreamed of playing in the NFL, or being a dancer, or being a doctor, or a writer.
For purposes of showcasing the downside of DACA, lets stick with the dream of being a doctor.
Odds are your “doctor in the making” worked really hard throughout his or her time in grade school. Your kid buckled down and did all the required work. His or her homework was always complete, studying for tests was a given, and cutting class was a sin. Your child wasn’t perfect, but they tried hard, and the dream of being a doctor started to become a real life goal as they reached their later teens.
Well, in order to be a doctor, one must go to medical school, and getting into medical school is difficult.
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 53,042 prospective students applied to medical school in the 2016-2017 cycle, and a mere 21,030 students matriculated into U.S. programs. That is roughly 40 percent. To make matters tougher, the number of students applying for medical school continues to rise year over year.
So, now lets look at DACA.
Your kid’s chances of getting into medical school were hard to begin with, so do you really want and need the additional competition because Barack Obama granted amnesty to people who have no legal right to be in the country that you paid taxes to your entire life?
Whether medical school is your kid’s dream or not, if you think your emotions are playing with you during the DACA debate, wait until your kid can’t get into a school, or a program, or they can’t find a job because the spot was given to a “Dreamer.” Remember, your kid is a dreamer just like all kids are dreamers.
Life isn’t fair, and we all have our mountains to climb. It is not your fault you were born in America, you should not feel guilty about it. Nor should you compromise your dreams and the dreams of your family because somebody else’s parents broke our immigration laws. DACA is a program that hurts American workers, and American kids. It is amnesty.
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