DREAMer or not, here’s some advice… after you family has been rounded up by ICE, don’t give a press conference alerting them to where YOU are.
Daniela Vargas, 22, was arrested Wednesday after sharing her family’s story — including her father and brother’s arrest last month by ICE officers — during a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
Moments before her arrest by ICE, Vargas had advocated for young people who, like herself, were brought to the US illegally as children, then qualified for a temporary reprieve from deportation under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Recipients often are called DREAMers, a reference to the DREAM Act, which if approved by Congress would give DACA participants permanent legal status.
We’ve been down this road before (see Student Brags About ‘Undocumented’ Status. Gets Reported). It’s “sad” a young lady was arrested because she broke the law… right after publicizing her family broke the law. Sure, sure, we could show sympathy, empathy, blah blah feelings, but there’s a larger point here that people are missing: the family is staying together. Looks like they’re ALL getting deported! Yay for keeping families united!
Okay look, big picture? Don’t break the law. After that, make sure your family doesn’t break the law. If your family broke the law when you were but a wee tot, sorry. But your family broke the law. Bonus tip: if your family has broken the law, don’t go to a camera and microphone to ask for pity because your family broke the law. I feel like this is a pretty clear, salient point. Not sure why the concept is lost amongst all the Care Bear Stares.
Another point: a plethora of Americans are sick and tired of illegal immigration on the whole. We’re tired of our tax dollars being funneled to programs for illegals, programs protecting illegals, or any kind of American dollar being forcibly taken FROM an American and redistributed to an illegal immigrant. I’m guessing many Americans will offer zero sympathy to people who are in the USA illegally. I base that assumption largely on Trump’s initial popularity in the presidential primaries and his eventual election. Comprende?
And it’s not like we’re asking for much. Maybe just to take illegal immigration as seriously as Mexico does (see Mexico Now Wants Border Wall of Their Own. To Keep Out Illegals). Let’s start there, and rendezvous in six months to go over the results.