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The following three articles are offered by Green Commaas a discussion resource for use in grades 9–12 classrooms as well as in freshmen college classrooms. The principal writer isAnnie H. Hartnett, a writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. Annie is the creator of Why Are You Marching, Texas? a blog of stories about activism and political engagement in that state. Her essay “The Gift of Privacy: How Edward Snowden Changed the Way I Parent” appeared on Salon.com in July 2016 Green Comma’s managing director,Amit Shah, wrote the introductio
___________________________________________________________ Introduction to first-person voices of DACA
About 800,000 immigrants who had arrived in the US illegally as children and had received protections from prosecutions, deportations and allowed to legally work and go to school were thrown into a horrific legal limbo. Under DACA guidelines, any child of an undocumented immigrant who was under the age of 31 as of June 2012 was protected from deportation under this policy. After a wave of opposition following the announcement, including from the Republican party, President Trump said he now supports DACA and will revisit the issue if Congress fails to legalize “dreamers” as they are called.
“Immigration is a complex issue but I wouldn’t deport a kid who was brought here and only knows America.” Lloyd Blankfein, CEO, Goldman Sachs Group ·
“250 of my Apple coworkers are #Dreamers. I stand with them. They deserve our respect as equals and a solution rooted in American values.” Tim Cook, CEO, Apple ·
“Rescinding DACA is cruel and misguided. Dreamers contribute to our economy and our nation. Congress must act fast to protect them!” Bob Iger, CEO, The Walt Disney Co.
“Dreamers are our neighbors, our friends and our co-workers. This is their home. Congress needs to act now.” Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc.’s Google.
“America is and always has been a country of immigrants. We should do everything in our power to continue to attract the best and brightest because they make us stronger as a people and as an economy. And, when people come here to learn, work hard and give back to their communities, we should allow them to stay in the United States.” Jamie Dimon, CEO, JPMorgan Chase ·
“It’s against our values to turn our backs on #DREAMers.” Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber Technologies Inc.