Trump’s Cruel Choice: Who Gets to Stay?
Sonia Nazario, author of “Enrique’s Journey,” writes in the opinion section of the New York Times on October 29, 2017, about the Trump Administration’s proposal to allow Dreamers (like the young woman on the left in the photo) to stay in the US in return for ending the current protections for unaccompanied minors crossing the border, even those who (like her cousin, the young woman on the right) are fleeing for their lives:
“The United States is in the throes of a great debate: Do we want — can we afford — to remain a safe haven for people who, unlike economic migrants, come here running for their lives? This year the administration slashed the number of refugees the United States will allow by more than half.
“We are at risk of becoming a country that turns its back on the most vulnerable: children from neighboring countries who show up at our border with no parents and no place to turn. And yet, in a response to a renewed uptick in the number of these children arriving at our border, that’s whom we are turning our backs on first.”