DACA & The American Dream
It's a scary feeling knowing that there's a faction of people in this country who see me as a Lesser in their eyes. As if, no matter how you spin it, the fact that I was born on that patch of dirt instead of this patch of dirt I don't belong here and have to constantly validate my position. This is probably an over dramatization to many, but how else do you think the presidential election of Donald Trump, his Wall, the rhetoric towards immigration by the Republican Party, and now the undoing of DACA (just to name a few), are received by immigrants?
I was born in Georgetown, Guyana and came here when I was 9 years old. I often joke with my family that there's no way I'm ever going back there because I'm as American as anyone they know. My accent has changed, sentence structure, outlook on life, worldly views, aspirations, you name it. I wouldn’t survive a day in the place I came from because I, in my eyes, became an American almost the moment the plane landed. Though I came here legally, unlike the Dreamers affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) order, we share these same characteristics.
There are many reasons given as to why DACA was undone, but the one that stuck with me was the idea that the existence of this ordinance was a detriment to Americans whose jobs were going to immigrants. This is shameful and only serves to validate the position taken by many, that us immigrants are a direct threat to the American Dream. Like the Wall, it is an overly simplistic reaction to the threat of the Lessers coming from that patch of dirt to this patch of dirt. And now it is used as a caricature to perpetuate the ideals of many whose worldviews are narrow and quite frankly, simple-minded. It’s never black and white, we’re not going to be able to move forward until many of us realize that. And that is why I’m scared, because you arguing against ignorance is often futile.