Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and dad of two, recently spoke out about the Trump administration’s decision to end the immigration protection of DACA (also referred to as the DREAM Act)–and his words are bold and very much needed.
While Zuckerberg is definitely a complicated, complex figure in his own right (he is the founder of a social media network that can’t always be described as completely positive), his words mean something–and have a huge reach. He spoke in favor of the 800,000 people affected known as “Dreamers”–who came to this country as children.
He wrote in his Facebook post:
“The decision to end DACA is not just wrong. It is particularly cruel to offer young people the American Dream, encourage them to come out of the shadows and trust our government, and then punish them for it.
The young people covered by DACA are our friends and neighbors. They contribute to our communities and to the economy. I’ve gotten to know some Dreamers over the past few years, and I’ve always been impressed by their strength and sense of purpose. They don’t deserve to live in fear.
DACA protects 800,000 Dreamers — young people brought to this country by their parents. Six months from today, new DACA recipients will start to lose their ability to work legally and will risk immediate deportation every day.”
He went on to say that the team at FWD.us “has been working alongside Dreamers in this fight, and we’ll be doing even more in the weeks ahead to make sure Dreamers have the protections they deserve.”
Read the story of one Jewish DACA recipient here.