FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2017
WHAT HAPPENS TO A DREAM DEFERRED?
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
“What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over –
Like a syrupy Sweet?
Maybe it just sages
Like a heavy load
Or does it explode?"
This is a sad day for America. What happens to immigrant dreamers when their American dreams are deferred? It is our hope that this Congress will act responsibly and correct this unbelievable policy that President Trump and his Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions announced today.
By repealing Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) he is punishing 800,000 young people who were brought here, not of their own volition, but as undocumented innocent children. They made no choice to be here. They were brought here by undocumented parents and raised here. They know no other country. They speak English. They attend our schools and pledge allegiance to our flag everyday. They were raised in our neighborhoods. They go worship in our churches. They work in our businesses. They are business owners. They contribute to our economy. They teach our children. They help when crises like Harvey happen. They are Americans in all but official recognition.
But President Trump proposes to send immigrant dreamers to countries they do not know, with languages and customs they are not familiar with, separated from family and friends. It is one of the meanest, most insensitive and inhumane actions a President or anyone could take. It is un-American when America is at its best.
The decision puts chains around the arms of the Statute of Liberty and tape over her mouth.
The lives and dreams of 800,000 young people—college students, writers, scientists, and members of the military—hang in the balance.
That is a shame. They have done nothing but contribute to American society.
I am urging President Trump to do the right thing and leave DACA –Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—alone and in place.