To the Editor:
President Trump has again broken his word and betrayed his promises to support the “dreamers,” nearly 800,000 young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and who already have been granted protection under the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program.
By rescinding DACA, their lives are now threatened, and they are unfairly being targeted for deportation, even though they have committed no crimes and have complied with U.S. immigration laws.
President Trump’s unhinged demands for costly and draconian immigration policies are damaging not only for dreamers and their families, but also for businesses and communities across America who depend on these creative young people and their talents. America is a nation of immigrants, founded on principles of respect and equality for all, and we should live up to those principles and not bow down to the bullying from the White House.
Congress can step up and do the right thing now by supporting the bipartisan Dream Act to continue the DACA program and treat these young dreamers with basic fairness and respect. Their lives and bright futures in America are more important than meaningless tweets or sound bites. I urge U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, to take a stand and represent all Americans by raising his voice to support this important bipartisan bill that will make our country stronger. America deserves better than fear and hate, because we are bigger than that. Our strength comes from our diversity.