Since the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607, the “wretched refuse” of the world have sought refuge on the shores of America.
They have overcome unimaginable hardships to build a brighter future for themselves and their families. However, each wave of immigrants met hostility upon arrival.
Irish Catholics were shunned as “un-American” foreigners by nativist “Know-Nothings” in the 1840s. The gateway to America was narrowed greatly for Russian, Polish, Italian, and Jewish “Reds” in the 1920s.
Now, it is the Mexicans, the Chinese, the Guatemalans, the Indians, the Dominicans, and the Vietnamese. The election of Donald Trump to the presidency has manifested the xenophobic sentiments that have been brewing in the United States over the past decades.
Spurred by alt-right advisors and confidants close to the President and vocal members of his base, Trump ordered the phase-out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program or DACA.
This executive action implemented by former President Barack Obama in June of 2012 aimed to protect undocumented migrants who arrived in the U.S. as children from deportation.
It was inspired by the DREAM Act, a piece of legislation proposed in 2001 by Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. The proposed law would extend protections to young undocumented immigrants who were brought to as minors to the U.S., serving in the military or completing an education, and free of any criminal history.
After years of stalling in the Senate, Mr. Obama used executive action to create a similar program, through which roughly 800,000 undocumented immigrants have been protected from deportation.
In ending this federal program, President Trump has condemned nearly one million young Dreamers, Americans in all but their passports, to excommunication from the country they grew up and believe in. The only crime that hangs over these Americans is that their parents illegally brought them to the U.S. as children. They had no choice. It is a far greater moral crime to forcibly remove these Americans from their homes and livelihoods.
Though President Trump’s announcement could prove catastrophic for hundreds of thousands of young Americans, there is reason to hope.
Congressional Democrats reportedly negotiated a legislative deal with Trump to extend DACA protections for young undocumented immigrants in addition to greater border security, but excluding funding for a U.S.- Mexico border wall.
However, the President and his Press Secretary have denied that any such deal was struck, as formerly hardcore supporters of the President exploded in anger that their candidate would forsake his promise to deport all eleven million undocumented immigrants residing in the United States.
The issue of DACA and the DREAM Act proves to be a litmus test of the moral character of American leadership. Rather than close our doors to those who have come to better themselves and our country, let us, as a people, embrace those who have embraced us.
For those Dreamers are Americans just as we are, and it is our moral and patriotic duty to protect each other from a government that aims to infringe upon our guaranteed rights as Americans.
On September 12th, Apple released their three newest cell phones: the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X overshadowed Apple’s other announcements and commemorates iPhone’s 10th anniversary. Let’s start with the fact that its lowest price is $1000! Is this new iPhone worth the splurge?
From the outside, the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7 look the same. The new phone, however, is actually heavier than the older one. Apple replaced the back of the phone with glass instead of aluminum to enable wireless Qi charging. It still has touch ID on the home button and it still water and dust resistant.
Apple has also made display adjustments to the iPhone 8, but these improvements are minor upgrades. In my opinion, if you want a new iPhone and are not interested in spending $1000 for the X or $700 for an 8, you can- not go wrong with the iPhone 7; it looks and acts the same as this year’s updated edition.
If you have a 7 right now, the iPhone 8 would be a waste of money; the incremental changes are outweighed by the steep cost. However, if you have a 6S or before, the iPhone 8 is definitely worth the investment; if you feel like waiting until November 3, the iPhone X may also be worth the wait.
Looking forward, the iPhone X is the first of a series of new Apple releases with the much-anticipated rival to the Amazon Echo, the HomePod, releasing in December and the new Apple Watch.