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DACA: A student’s response

September 8, 2017

It would be so easy to open this column with a repudiation of the Trump Administration’s decision to rashly end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It would be so easy to rail endlessly about how inhumane the decision to strip thousands of childhood arrivals of the only home they have known. It would, to an extent, feel good. I could flaunt my Liberal Flag (TM), and show that I am an Ally. I could say that Monmouth did a great job with its response, and that everything will be okay, and that I believe justice and good policy will win in the end. Of course, that would all be trash.

The response to the DACA fiasco from the college was quaint. I appreciate it for what it was, but I am not impacted. Of course, it would be easy for me to decide that “we will support you” is all we needed to hear in times like these. But I am not a member of the “we” impacted, I remind you. I am just a columnist, one who has seen Scots like myself fret over whether or not this country sees them as human. (Given the sheer amount of racist, anti-immigrant rhetoric I have seen here from students and the occasional faculty member, I am pretty sure that the answer is a solid “no” in many cases.) I am not the one who will feel the pain of an inadequate response. But I am a Scot. And, if our alma mater means anything, that means I owe my undocumented colleagues, friends, and family my support. “Thy name means honor, loyalty, and beauty.” That means something, if we are to claim to be a family in an institution. And that means that I want to see more.

Call your senators. Call your representatives. Contact state reps, and anyone who might be able to provide protection for DACA students. Talk to donors. Talk to your favorite professor, and ask if they can do anything to help. Talk to administrators you know. Talk to ones you don’t. Make it clear that you want to protect our fellow Scots. And if you don’t care, then good for you. Go take your bigoted rhetoric and “I just want to be safe from MS-13” trash back to your dorm room or apartment and leave it there. We owe the brave students who have attempted to integrate themselves into American life and culture our loyalty. We owe them the humanity they have affirmed themselves their entire lives. We owe them our solidarity. This small columnist stands in solidarity with our undocumented family. That statement is long past due, but it is what it is. It is time for Monmouth’s community to do the same.

Anthony Adams
Political Editor

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