Dreamers are a blessing to the United States and the U.S. economy. Educated in the USA, English for most is their first and only language. Dreamers are children our schools and communities have invested years of education in – remember, it takes a village to raise a child.
They are entirely assimilated to American society. They are as American as apple pie. Throwing away this investment in them as Americans makes no sense at all. Nearly all of them are in school, college or the workforce.
Tens of thousands of them are enrolled in colleges and universities – working toward a bachelor’s or graduate degree. Many are serving in the U.S. military or in other forms of public service to society.
They own cars – buy homes – pay federal, state and local taxes – thousands have started new businesses. They are giving back to the communities in which they grew up and now live.
It is false to claim that they take jobs from Americans. They help to create new jobs and add to the American economy by billions of dollars a year.
Economically – ending DACA makes no sense. By disrupting their educational and occupational outlook. We weakened their earnings and purchasing power; we remove their prospect for college and endanger their jobs.
We weaken America’s future – this is why more than 300 top executives support DACA. Congress needs to act – to formally support the program as law, or as a country and across our communities we will grieve along with the Dreamers.
Ron Starbuck – Publisher/CEO of Saint Julian Press, Inc. – Houston, Texas
Ron Starbuck is an author, poet, the Publisher-CEO of Saint Julian Press, and an Episcopalian with certain Buddhist leanings who values comparative literature and literary dialogues in many forms.
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