These "Defend DACA" Tweets Absolutely Refuse To Stop Protecting Dreamers
A report published by Politico on Sunday highlighted the possibility of Donald Trump announcing his intention to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, more commonly known as DACA. The potential termination of DACA could devastate hundreds of thousands of undocumented youths who came to the United States as children. In the potential case that DACA is ended, these youths — colloquially known as "dreamers" — could be arrested and deported from the country. To make their position abundantly clear and show their support, internet users stormed social media with "defend DACA" tweets in the wake of the report.
Trump's decision could unfold in different ways. According to Vox's Dara Lind, one way of terminating DACA would involve revoking two-year work permits for Dreamers while also immediately deporting them. Another scenario would involve removing the opportunity to renew work permits but still giving undocumented youths the time to prepare themselves for departing from the United States. In either situation, displacement and the miseries attached to such uprooting are inevitable and spirit-crushing.
Now users on Twitter have decided to make their stance clear. From demanding members of Congress to defend DACA to mobilizing local action against Trump's potential announcement, people are using their voice in favor of the marginalized and vulnerable.
1. Congress Members, Show Up
For all the members of Congress over the past 5 years who said DACA should've been done "legislatively" here's your chance. #DefendDACA— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) September 4, 2017
Some users noted that this is the most apt moment for Congress members to speak up.
2. The Democrats Speak Up
The official Twitter account for The Democratic Party shared its thoughts.
3. Fight Tooth & Nail
Nancy Pelosi's political team tweeted its thoughts out.
4. Defend The Children
Admin will soon decide future of kids brought to US through no fault of their own, who've made this country their home. We must #DefendDACA.— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) September 4, 2017
Many users noted the draconian nature of the possible decision and how it could hurt children the most.
In hindsight, it was never realistic to expect that the Jeff Sessions DOJ was going to defend DACA in court— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) September 4, 2017
Others noted that it was unlikely for Trump's administration to have ever expressed sympathy with undocumented immigrants.
Those with personal relations with undocumented immigrants spoke up, too.
7. Pick A Side
Time for Republicans to decide which side of history they want to be on: stand w/ DREAMers or Trump's hate agenda. #DefendDACA— Megan Kaplinsky (@Reverie_Reality) September 4, 2017
Republicans, some users noted, need to speak up and stand on the right side of history.
8. Fabric of Our Communities
From schools to churches, Dreamers are part of American society just like anyone else.
9. Dreamers Deserve Better
Young immigrants who have longed call America their home don't deserve to be stripped of their legal status #DefendDACA— Maria (@youjustmetmaria) September 4, 2017
Terminating DACA is the opposite of what Dreamers deserve.
10. Corporate America Protests
Corporations in the United States have decided to take a stand as well.
11. Call Your Attorneys General
One user shared the contact details of prominent Attorneys General so locals may voice their concerns against terminating DACA.
12. Dreamers Are Humans
No human being is illegal. No border is legitimate. #DefendDACA— Stop The Wars (@leftjew) September 3, 2017
"No human being is illegal."
13. They're Friends
My friend was brought to America at 2 years old. He's no less American than I am. Can barely even speak Spanish. #DefendDACA— Jonathan Humphries (@JonnoHumphries) September 3, 2017
Some brought up their own friends to #DefendDACA.
14. They're Just Like Us
DREAMers are: students, teachers, doctors, small-business professionals who are integral to our communities & economies #DefendDACA— MoveOn.org (@MoveOn) September 3, 2017
From students to doctors and everyone in between, Dreamers work just like other Americans.
15. Exposing Dreamers To Danger
Deportation of marginalized groups is a horseman of genocide. #DEFENDDACA— holly wood phd 🌹 (@girlziplocked) September 4, 2017
By potentially forcing Dreamers to go back to foreign countries they barely know, the termination of DACA can endanger their lives.
16. This Is About Race
Trump ending DACA isn't about crime.— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) August 31, 2017
You have to have a spotless record to qualify.
It's about basic, plain and simple racism.
Some users noted that terminating DACA absolutely had, on some level, something to do with race.
17. Let's Get To Work
We, the people, stopped Trumpcare. We can #DefendDACA, too— Danielle Campoamor (@DCampoamor) September 4, 2017
Time to go to work:
Others noted that while this is an uphill battle, Americans have what it takes to stop Trump from ending DACA's program.
18. ACLU Speaks Up
The American Civil Liberties Union joined in on the #DefendDACA tweet-storm.
19. No Giving Up
Trump/GOP has come for Muslims, for healthcare, and now they are coming for immigrants. Who will be left when they come for you? #DefendDACA— Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3) September 4, 2017
"Who will be left when they come for you?"
Some users couldn't help but notice how heartbreaking this could be for Dreamers.
21. Families Could Be Torn Apart
If Trump comes through with the decision to end DACA, millions of families could be ripped apart.
22. Keep Fighting
"This fight isn't over."
23. This Emotional Tweet
"My dreams do not have borders."
24. Ending DACA Is Wrong
It is unjust to hold Dreamers responsible for having been brought here as kids. Deporting them is ugly, cruel, and hurts us all. #DefendDACA— Shannon French (@SEFrench) September 4, 2017
It's "ugly, cruel, and [it] hurts us all."
25. How Does It Help Anyone?
Why is one person so intent on inflicting unnecessary harm on so many innocent & amazing people? #DefendDACA— April Eisele (@AprilEisele) September 4, 2017
26. Spread The Love
At this moment, DACA remains in effect. And with the kind of resistance obvious in the "defend DACA" tweets, it seems like America has no plans to give it up so soon.