By Victor Ochieng
America has really changed from being the safest place to one of the most tension filled nations in the world. If the nation is not panicking over what the president is going to announce and implement, it’s running from a Hurricane. Something must have gone wrong with the relationship the United States had with God. The Hurricanes may be said to be out of our hand, but what about the decisions made and implemented by the government? One such decision is the president’s plan to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects undocumented immigrants brought into the United States as children.
These children know no other home and to be subjected to the constant fear of deportation is tantamount to child abuse and trauma. And just because you have your “papers,” as many proudly say, it doesn’t mean you should keep silent over this issue. A teacher, Marilyn Anderson Rhames, who has been teaching for the past 14 years, spoke out and wrote an article about how much this issue impacts the children. The question therein is: Why should innocent people pay for the faults of others? So what if your grandma is not from the United States? Should that be turned against you to kill all your dreams and completely change who you are?
Rhames further explained why some of these children who came into the United States may not have their “papers,” but have lived all their lives in America. She said, “It’s only been in the last two years that I learned which of my former students were in the U.S. legally and which ones were not. President Trump’s campaign message about building a wall along the Mexican border caused some of them to come out of the shadows in protest. Others revealed to me that they were undocumented because they were drawing close to high school graduation and they wanted me to help them find scholarships to pay for college.”
At the end of it all, all that will matter is what you did or didn’t do to help those who are helpless. Just because a problem doesn’t affect you directly doesn’t warrant your silence on it. Rhames also quoted one of the most respected figures in American history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”