Ending DACA: The Plan to Stop the Browning of America
The rise of Donald Trump is largely about white fear and resentment of a browning of America. As a result, the 2016 presidential election was no longer about all Americans, it became all about white Americans. The United States of America was and still is essentially undergoing a white identity crisis. A number of factors exacerbate this white identity crisis: many working class white Americans still feel socioeconomically insecure about their place in society, white women are simply not having as many children as women of other races, as well as the nationwide decline in middle age mortality among white males and females which are largely due to suicide, drug overdose and alcohol related liver disease. Due to the fact that there are no easy solutions, fixes or recovery from these issues, the focus has now become new public policies geared toward controlling and oppressing minority groups.
As a former psychiatric nurse, when some people become anxious and afraid for any reason, they often become primal, even cruel. The end of DACA is a manifestation of that cruelty. There are many in America who feel if minorities are put into check, by way of biased socioeconomic policies, skewed immigration reform and heavy handed policing, the focus can get back to the needs and wants of white America and everything can get back to normal. These people believe the survival of white America heavily depends on stopping the browning of America. Problem is, these individuals fail to see that racism and xenophobia are quite costly. The following are the results of what would occur if DACA ends:
The United States could lose up to 700,000 jobs.
America would lose $460.3 billion in economic output over the next decade, with Medicare and Social Security contributions being limited by $24.6 billion.
DACA rescission will cost employers $6.3 billion in employee turnover costs, including recruiting, hiring, and training 720,000 new employees.
Each week for the next two years, U.S. employers would have to terminate 6,914 employees (DACA participants) at a weekly cost of $61 million.
It’s very clear the ending of DACA has little to do with safety, national security or economics. It’s about racial resentment and the desire to stop the browning of America. Who knew the cost to maintain white supremacy was so high? Will the Republican Congress have the courage to stand up for DACA? Will they prevent the president from trying to deliver on such a foolish campaign promise or will they choke on the red meat?
To all the dreamers out there, I know this is a rough time but just know there are millions of people from all persuasions who are thinking about you, your families and working on your behalf. We won’t stop and nor should you.