Op-Ed: President Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACA
Sheila Bynum-Coleman is the Democratic candidate running for Virginia's House of Delegates in the 62nd district.
On Tuesday, September 5th, 2017, President Trump, alongside his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced his decision to rescind DACA, otherwise known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This program allows certain undocumented immigrants who entered this nation as minors to apply for a renewable two-year deferred action on their immigration status, and DACA also allows eligible DREAMers to sign up for a work permit. As of yesterday, previously eligible immigrants will have six months to get their affairs in order as they face deportation. I am running to represent the 62nd district in the Virginia House of Delegates because I support these young people. I vehemently oppose the President’s decision.
The new policy will deport young people who came to this nation at no fault to their own. These are our neighbors and friends. They are students who will contribute to our communities as future doctors and firefighters. Their contributions to our communities touch all facets of American society. They pay income and payroll taxes. They are leaders in our civic organizations. Some will go on to defend our nation from threats abroad. These are the very people we should be helping instead of deporting them to a country that they have never known.
As a Delegate, I pledge my support to DREAMers as they face the threat of deportation unlike my opponent, Del. Riley Ingram. Del. Ingram has a record of opposing commonsense immigration policies that treat DREAMers with dignity and respect. In 2014, Attorney General Mark Herring sent a letter to SCHEV that announces his decision that DREAMers are eligible for in-state tuition. I believe that the Attorney General made the right decision, and I stand ready to work in the General Assembly to protect DREAMers from deportation. I also urge members of Virginia’s Congressional delegation to pass the DREAM Act as well as comprehensive immigration reform. We should do right by our young people regardless of the decision their parents made.