Americans, especial Conservatives like a clean either/or choice, but the DACA pond is not clear. Most of the nation wants relief for the Dreamers. It would be inhuman to deport 700,000 young people to a county they have never seen, and may not even speak the language in some cases. I’m sure you don’t want that. You are right this issue has real impact.
It’s interesting how this DACA came up. And got stuck in our throats. (Who jammed this down out throats?) DACA is ambiguous, a two faced Janus God. One face of DACA is brown illegal aliens (not the name “alien”) wHich means foreign and a threat, not American. The other face of DACA is a. young person in college who was brought there as a child. Innocent.
The ambiguity of DACA has us in a Zen Koan, a white hot ball we can’t swallow or cough up. The face of DACA is ambiguous. One face is innocent, the other face is guilty. One face is OK, the other face is alien. Which side of the coin can we choose? Neither because the coin has two side. You can hav just all heads.
As I write this , I see the problem, the ambiguity of DACA…..just regular illegal immigrants, no problem. Either/or, black and white,….but DACA…the mind says out, the heart says In. DACA divides the collective Republican mind (law and order) with its heart (compassion and Jesus).
DACA divides the Old Testament Law from the New Testament Love. The Republican Majority can’t cough up or swallow this white hot ball because to do so it would have to come down on the side of Love or the side of LAW, and it can’t because the DACA has two faces, the face of ambiguity.
This means that the government is going to have to Create a way out that transcends the logic of either/or…because closing either/or does not escape the ambiguity where no choice is possible. Only creativity will get us out of this jam.
Ironically, America is practicing ZEN. DACA is a Zen Koan. If you say Dreamers are innocent, you are wrong (they are illegal) ; if you say they are guilty, you are wrong (they didn’t choose to sin or break the law) . Now choose, or you will be punished (by the people) . That is a Zen Koan.
You can’t choose your way out! You have to create your way out, but in order to do that you have to stop flipping the coin trying to come with only one face.