Is the Removal of DACA Really Just a Removal of Dreamers or the American Dream?
Why Do Americans Believe That the Removal of the DACA Act Would Save the U.S. Money?
As is to be expected, the economics favor DACA recipients. Removing a piece of our economical mechanism is obviously a detriment to our finances and an incredibly costly move in every way. According to this article, it is common knowledge that immigrants contribute to our economy quite greatly, their removal, just in terms of what is being removed from the U.S. economy, and not deportation costs, is estimated to remove from 280 to 430 billion dollars from the U.S. economy over the next decade.
The exact economic effect of pushing these hard workers out of their jobs and into a foreign country is difficult to gauge if one looks only at the numbers, but let's take a look at the psychological effects of such an act.
Consumerism, market movements and overall economics are powered by people. This means that the overall mood of a group of people is the essence of what moves and creates markets. Having such an inhumane act occur on one’s own soil isn’t motivating or conducive to one’s overall sense of positivity. This would not only take away a percentage of the U.S. workforce, it would violate the very virtues presented by the founding fathers. It would hurt faith and belief in America. The land of opportunity. Imagine the effect on consumerism within the U.S. and international sentiments of neighboring nations. America is a force of nature, but it tends to be slightly more difficult to do business with people that dislike you. America would have trouble even with import and export. The removal of the DACA Act would have very, very far-reaching consequences that many people haven’t taken the time to consider past the immediate effects. It would hurt America incredibly in every single way conceivable.
Protester Holds up a Sign Expressing the Frustration Felt by Most Americans
If Stealing Jobs Were Possible, I'd be the President Right Now
The economic effects of the removal of DACA are quite obvious. However, it becomes necessary to analyze the value that this group of people bring to U.S. society, going all the way down to the individual. This should never be necessary in a country like the U.S. That may be the first fundamental issue, here. The U.S. is moving towards sending a mass of its own inhabitants away from it and people are now required to show the value of their fellow humans to the U.S. government and each other in order to fight this. Is the U.S. not turning its back on its own values, at this point?
These people have become part of U.S. society, a part of the economy, a beautiful part of life. Understanding the motives behind this is almost like trying to understand a boxer or a wrestler cutting off an arm to make weight. Imagine how lost and confused somebody would have to be to do such a thing.
According to theatlanta.com, “The typical Dreamer is young and employed at a job that earns about $17 per hour…As a group, Dreamers over the age of 25 are more than twice as likely to start a new business than the national average, according to a survey from the left-leaning Center for American Progress (CAP). The same survey found that more than 90 percent of Dreamers over the age of 25 are currently employed, and, on average, they work 40 hours a week and earn an annual income of $37,000. More than 98 percent of them speak English, and more than 70 percent of them are pursuing (or have attained) a bachelor’s degree. Since the initiative was signed, these young people have increased their college enrollment, found better jobs, and earned more money”.
Basic knowledge is that minimum wage is at around eight dollars per hour. Jobs at Sam’s club tend to start at around ten dollars per hour, in Ohio. The average Dreamer makes seven to eight dollars [nine, considering that 17 is 9 more than eight] an hour more than the average minimum wage worker, correct? So there are two conclusions to consider, the typical Dreamer learns and works hard enough to provide seven more dollars per hour of value to employers and companies who are always cutting costs, expenses, or unproductive workers every single chance they get. The other conclusion is that they somehow learned to manipulate a meritocracy based system through working hard and making a better life for themselves. There isn’t really way to cheat one’s way into a job, and even if there is, it would be rather difficult to keep a job for at least two years without providing enough value to the company to be considered an important part of it. Important enough to be in an ongoing position at the company two years after being hired, and being able to have employers write statements on a reapplication.
The real question here is: Why do so many Americans believe that jobs can be ‘stolen’? That doesn’t even make any sense.
Who Are the Dreamers?
It’s almost as if immigrants came to the country and realized that in the land of opportunity, if one works hard in the right ways for the right things and is willing to grow, he or she may be able to earn much more, and in doing so be able to create a much better life for their families and themselves than they did where they came from. After living in a country and watching their family members, friends, neighbors die due to drugs, violence, or get stuck working many jobs and doing whatever was necessary for them to survive, they didn’t wait for somebody to acknowledge that they were a victim and give them a band-aid. They escaped to the U.S, where the journey could have resulted in death. Where the journey involved a larger chance of death than a better life. They saw a country that shone with life, opportunity, happiness and good people who had a system in which one could achieve and attain anything conceivable if he or she was willing to work for it. All they needed was a chance.
Immigrants might have had an unfair advantage in realizing that not everyone around them is willing to fight and work for a better life to the extent that they are, or maybe, they were so focused on what the U.S. has to offer that they didn’t even see competition. If one considers it, it just steals jobs away from Americans who expected an easy, comfy, stagnant lifestyle, and developed mindsets and work ethics that mirrored their expectations. There are many who also say that sports like MMA and Basketball are too competitive, instead of observing the beauty of the results of work ethic and learning. It’s terribly strange to see lots of avid fans of these sports voicing an opinion that goes against the reason their way of life is even possible, and the examples of greatness they love to love and love to hate in sports. There are many men and women whose ancestors worked extremely hard in a new country, where they were just immigrants.
They had a dream, and created the future, laid the foundation of the U.S. through sheer will, blood, sweat, and many, many tears. Perhaps people who have that ancestry are all that make up the population of America. People tend to forget that this country was inhabited before anyone arrived approximately three-hundred years ago, and that the natives were wiped out by invaders who would rather have stolen and killed to create a better life. The 'immigrants' under DACA are not invaders. The 'immigrants' covered under DACA are loving, hard-working people with fresh mentalities and a strong belief in what America has to offer, what it has offered to immigrants in past history and grown from so greatly. The argument of morality and ethics is one that typically fails, due to an arguable commonality of the need for a victim in such an argument. Thankfully, immigrants do not seem to feel the need to be victims. Perhaps Americans against Dreamers intend to fill that role, because they might not know better.
For the purposes of ethics and morality, one must see the two concepts above self-interest, or combine the two. It is in every American citizen’s best interest to have immigrants here, economically and psychologically. Most interestingly, ethics and morality are concepts that stress the greater good and doing what’s best for everyone, which is not the same as saying that some people must make sacrifices. It might mean that people who do what is right by others are people who realize that without those others, happiness, fulfillment, and inspiration for them would be impossible.
Who are the Dreamers? Rather, what is the true meaning of 'Dreamer'?
These people saw that there was a beautiful land, filled with beautiful people where they could build a dream. Where they could give back, and live in peaceful prosperity and happiness. Where they could do anything, if they set their minds to it.
They saw the American Dream, and decided to fight for it.