Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was announced on June 15. Although not an executive order, it was a policy shift by the Obama administration to allow foreign nationals who were in this country illegally and under the age of 31 to apply for a two-year waiver against being deported. Along with submitting an application, fee and proof that they arrived in this country before the age of 16, the DACA process, once approved, will allow the individual to get a Social Security Number (SSN).
The DACA-eligible person can submit proof ranging from envelopes with postmark dates to rent receipts to expired passports. In a nutshell, DACA will take the “I” (illegal) off the backs of illegal alien young people so they can function in this country. Once they have their approved DACA in place, they can, depending on the state they live in, apply for a driver’s licenses, get in-state tuition breaks, and apply for legal jobs. DACA also has certain categories of crimes that it will overlook, including shoplifting and marijuana possession.
The entire DACA process is not as simplistic as I’m making it sound, but at its core, it is an opportunity for those young people here to have the chance to get on with their lives without the fear of having the hindrance of an “I” on their back. DACA is not (at least that is what is being claimed right now) a path to citizenship. But with two years of opportunity, who knows what those DACA members can achieve and what the government will allow when we’re not watching.
Many accused the Obama administration of pandering to Hispanics when this new program was announced. At last count, out of the millions of young people who are here illegally, only about 80,000 have applied for DACA.
With the election only about two months away and many African American voters tepid in their enthusiasm about the election, I want to suggest a policy change/executive order that President Obama can make right away to reinvigorate his African-American base. Since the president didn’t have a problem taking the “I” off the backs of folks as old as 30 who have been working and probably haven’t been paying taxes – or were using someone else’s SSN to work under, or have been driving for almost 15 years without a license and on and on for the crimes that come with being in this country illegally – then it is time to remove the “X” off the backs of millions of ex-offenders, especially if their crimes involved the use of, or possession of, illegal drugs.
The urban inner cities of this country are filled with hundreds of thousands of men and women who, because of the “X” on their back, cannot find work. Some have their voting rights restricted too. But it is the felony “X” on their back that is the main hindrance. Now I am not talking about rapists, child molesters or murderers. But among the folks who do have felony convictions, if that conviction is drug related, you can’t get a student loan or aid. That is a sure-fire way of ensuring that young people who want to turn their lives around don’t have an opportunity.
I predict that we can garner a huge resurgence of support for the president if he takes the “X” off the backs of those American citizens. And though having an “X” on one’s back applies to a huge percentage of the African-American community, it is not just limited to us.
There is nothing wrong with telling the President what you want from him in order for him to get your vote. We’ll put our “X” in the box next to his name if he takes the “X” off the backs of our young people.
It’s only fair that when competing for jobs, U.S. citizens should not have a hindrance on their backs while illegal aliens have erase marks on theirs!