A right to live in a peaceful place, a right to get asylum and a right to live without discrimination or prejudice. These are few of the basic human rights we are taught when we were still living in our younger years. As citizens of the world, we indeed need to create a better place away from negativity.
US President Donald Trump is eager to scrap the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals known as DACA, a federal government program established by former US President Barrack Obama to give temporary right to children brought in the US illegally. With this program, they are required to accomplish some tasks in order to be a full legitimate citizens of the United States when a certain time comes (Walters, 2017).
So, what does Trump wants in his rhetoric on immigrants?
In a March 2019 speech, Trump criticized the Democrats for the Immigration policies, saying that, “murderers and drug traffickers and drugs and drug cartels pouring into our country, that’s what I’m concerned about and the democrats will do whatever they do if they get into power and won’t have a damn thing to do with whether or not we approve our national emergency.”
He mostly classify these accusations to those immigrants hailing from the south border, Mexico, where he plans on building a steel wall to prevent people from entering the US territory.
The next US Presidential elections will be on November 2020 hence, Trump’s clock is ticking. This is not a surprising statement for someone like Donald Trump who will also be running as President again. If we are going to look back on his previous years as president, how is he in the eyes of his constituents during those times? Looking back, this tactic was also his way during his campaign. A political nomad, who suddenly rose to fame and became known for his hate-speeches.
The Trump immigrant rhetoric is simple and harsh. For common Americans, it is something very simple to understand. As he continues to target the American working class, the masses, there is a possibility that this rhetoric would be patronized again.
In November 14, 2019 article by Time Magazine, the DACA program could be under threat as the deliberation are currently being held. Should the DACA program be forfeited, this will leave approximately 700,000 immigrants have an uncertain future in the United States with a possibility of deportation.
So what is needed to be done?
First, clearly there is discrimination present with the rhetoric delivered by Trump. It is something to be taken seriously as this rhetoric could be a tactic on enticing his audience that he is a leader worth voting for. One main reason of this kind of rhetoric is to polarize its citizens by dividing their views and political philosophies. The far-right leader Trump will make sure not to miss a chance in this season as the US 2020 elections will be coming soon.
Second, it is best to review the immigration policies that would not harm any particular race, religion, ethnicity, etc. I find DACA as a helpful tool to remedy the illegally migrant children who are brought by their parents on the first place. I foresee that if this kind of Trump rhetoric continues and it influences more people to feel hate towards the innocent immigrants, the civil society, particularly those groups who express support for Children’s Rights will have a hard time dealing and lobbying in protection of their rights.
Third, the 700,000 immigrants under Trump administration’s threat is a big number. No matter what any Republican commentator will say about them, most people who undergone this program and who graduated is now given a privilege to be part of the US electorate. As what the New York Times,stated, “people who are sympathetic to the Dreamers – undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children – now make up a sizable chunk of the electorate…” they will soon have the power to voice out who could be the best leader to represent them.
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