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“What will be the outcome?”

For those of you unfamiliar with what has been going on in the recent news surrounding Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, it concerns immigration. Former President Barack Obama signed this into action to protect minors for a temporary basis looking to seek work permits/right to stay in America. Image result for daca obamaDonald Trump now wants the bill killed via Congress. A move that has sparked once again, protest across the country. And if you don’t know what DACA stands for, it stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival. Now, with the decision to kill the act, we could potentially see nearly 1 million people deported in America. But is this an America issue, or more of a states issue. Because if you live in certain states, this is a bigger concern than if you live in other places. And nowhere is it bigger than in the state of California.

California has nearly 223,000 people under DACA, which constitutes for 27% – 28% of the DACA recipients. So the protest are massive in California against the DACA end. But not all people are against the move to end DACA. Donald J. Trump still has his strong support that feel that it is not the job of America to care for illegal immigrant’s children. These are also the same people who feel that their jobs are already threatened by illegal immigrants coming into America. Image result for daca trumpNow their children will be allowed to stay and retain work permits in an already tough to find work economy. So my question is, “What will be the decision from Congress?” Will they side with Trump or will they uphold Obama’s previous decision? And once again be another policy that Trump has tried to pass and was unsuccessful. There has been so much going on lately, that I have not had too too much to process this policy in its entirety. But the outrage from the predominantly Hispanic community has been great.

Now before I said California was a major state for DACA. But there are a few other key states that are in the line of fire. Texas is the second highest of DACA recipients, with Illinois, New York, and Florida rounding out the top five states. What sticks out to me besides Florida, which has a lot of Hispanics, as well as New York, and Illinois , is Texas. Texas has been in the news for other reasons outside of DACA; the big story, Hurricane Harvey. Image result for daca cityNow the question remains, “What will Texas do now that this natural disaster has happened?” Families are struggling to regain their footing because of this storm, so what will come of them maybe having to compete for aid from the federal government knowing they are the state with the second highest DACA recipients? This could be another situation that starts to get dicey once the water has receded. Once people have to rebuild their lives in a disaster zone.

But in the end, another major concern is not only the issue of DACA, not just the high numbers centralized to a few states, but the average age of DACA recipients. The average age is about nine years old. A nine year old, that has spent much of their years in America. So now, you’re dealing with children that have no connection to Mexico, a country where the majority are coming from, besides their ethnic and cultural makeup. Young people who could potentially be thrust into a land of high crime and poverty. In a land they know absolutely nothing about because they are now more American than Mexican citizens.


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“What do we really think?”

From the early 1600’s through the late 1800’s Black people were enslaved in the United States of America. From the late 1800’s through the 1960’s, we went through a time of being considered second class citizens. Even after the 1960’s were times of police brutality, drug epidemics, welfare, and public housing systems. So now that Donald Trump is the president of the country, all these new groups are now going through the problems that we have talked about for years. So what do Black people think about what the Middle Eastern community, Hispanics, women that are non-Black, and Gays of other ethnic group are going through in America today?

It’s interesting because we don’t really have a real stance on Donald Trump. Part of it, is that we look at other groups who felt we were making up excuses, are now starting to see. For instance, Hispanics are facing a a wall being built between this country and Mexico. But back in the day, trains would be driven through Black neighborhoods, cutting us off from resources on the other side which was predominantly White. So a wall is nothing new to us. Muslims from the Middle East, forced into temporary sitting places, such as airports across the country. Not allowed to gain access into the country, many of which were already United States citizens. We know all too well about being told you’re not welcome in a country where so many fought in the military.

So in our eyes as the Black community, we are not the least bit afraid of Donald Trump. As a matter of fact, people call him a racist, but he doesn’t crack the top 25. Because when you look at the map of presidents, our first nearly 20 were slave owners, including Abraham Lincoln. So in our minds, Trump has been the least of our concern. This does not mean we are complacent with who he is, a lot of us don’t agree with him. But the fear from Black people is long behind us. Meaning the worst has past, and there is no more you can do that we haven’t experienced. We lost names, religious beliefs, homelands, rights, and just an overall sense of self. Yet we are still standing strong in this country. So the fear as I said before is from others.

So in the end, Black feel we’ll be alright. And as far as Trump, this too shall past over. Because if he presents the slightest threat to even his constituency, they’ll turn on him. And as desperate as people are for work, it could happen. America has always had someone in the White House that was either very beloved or very disliked. But the country still managed to chug along, and we’ll do the same with Trump as president.