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Some Dreams Take Time

October 5, 2017

Did you know that today, October 5, 2017, is the last day for Dreamers whose status expires on or before March 5, 2018, to renew their DACA?

On June 15, 2012, former President Barack Obama formed the Deferred Action for Childhood policy for undocumented young people who came to the United States as children. The program then began on August 15, 2012, to protect young immigrants as they pursued an education and work in the country.

Since the program was created, there has been national debate as to whether the program is effective or not. It is.

Here a few facts about DACA from the Pew Research Center:

  • About 690,000 unauthorized immigrants were enrolled in DACA as of Sept. 4.
  • Current DACA recipients come from around the world, but more than nine-in-ten were born in Latin America.
  • Two-thirds of DACA recipients are ages 25 or younger, and a majority are women. 

Last month, President Trump announced that his administration would be ending #DACA  although the program is more important than ever for immigrant students and workers. At the end of the day, hundreds of thousands of young peoples futures might be uncertain as their permits expire soon.

If you could share inspirational words with a Dreamer while they wait for a response, what would they be? Leave it in the comments below.

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A six-year-old boy holds “Stop Hunting Black Men” sign. Photo captured in 2012 in Greensboro, North Carolina at a protest led by students and residents after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin by Lydia T. Blanco

 

In a matter of hours, children have watched their fathers drown in their own blood. Women have become widowed, mothers have lost their sons and a generation of young people will never get to experience the love of these men. In a matter of hours, lives have been forever changed.

The courage of Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, her four-year-old daughter and those who film fearlessly is remarkable.

As heartbreaking as it was to hear Reynolds’ daughter utter, “It’s Okay. I’m right here with you”, her words will resonate with this country forever.

 

For those of us watching life flee from the bodies of unarmed men, it is not only a constant reminder of the history of this country but that no one is exempt.ChildrenCryingSincereVisions

 

Strange fruit is what they called us as they picked at us with their laughter and hate until we rotted. Dust to dust and watered by the light, we cross-pollinated this nation and its soil with our blood, sweat and tears.

 

People are demanding that black and brown people stop being hunted.

 

The past 48 hours has also been a reminder of how powerful social media platforms are when they are used as a tool to report on or a resource when crying out for help when your significant other is being murdered and you need the world to see.

 

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A screen shot of Diamond ‘Lavish’ Reynolds’ video post after it reappeared after being taken down from Facebook.

 

Alton Sterling [unarmed with a gun in his pocket], Delrawn Small, Anthony Nunez [armed and reportedly suicidal] and Philando Castile [had a permit to carry] have been murdered in the past 48 hours at the hands of police officers around the country.

 

Every 28 hours unarmed black people are killed at the hands of officers in the US and it seems like that time is being shortened.

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As the responsibilities and priorities of social platform companies shift as heavy content is published to their sites it is important that we use our the power of our words intentionally.

As the war raged against people of color continues remember to live out your truth, protect your peace and live.