End­ing DACA is an atroc­ity

Re “Let’s make a DACA deal,” ed­i­to­rial, Sept. 15

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Is it pos­si­ble that an­other dark chap­ter will be added in the U.S his­tory books? There are many ac­counts of atro­cious acts com­mit­ted by those in power against peo­ple who could not de­fend them­selves.

In the 1830s, about 17,000 Chero­kee In­di­ans were re­moved from their an­ces­tral lands in the south­east U.S. and re­lo­cated to what is now Ok­la­homa. Four thou­sand of them died.

In 1942, Ja­panese Amer­i­cans were re­moved from the West Coast of the U.S. and placed in in­tern­ment camps. They left be­hind busi­nesses, jobs and homes. There were 120,000 of them, of whom 70,000 were Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. The pur­pose was for na­tional se­cu­rity.

Pres­i­dent Trump has an­nounced the end of the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals Pro­gram (DACA). Nearly 800,000 Amer­i­cans may be re­lo­cated to their coun­try of ori­gin, leav­ing be­hind the only coun­try they knew grow­ing up. The pres­i­dent’s pur­pose in end­ing DACA is to ful­fill an elec­tion prom­ise.

Shame on us. Now is the time to set aside the wornout ideas that have par­a­lyzed our coun­try and in­stead seek to ben­e­fit all peo­ple. Frank Himes Wood­land Hills

Those who won­der why the DACA par­tic­i­pants have not tried to be­come cit­i­zens need to un­der­stand im­mi­gra­tion law.

Most peo­ple who are un­doc­u­mented have very lit­tle chance of ever be­com­ing le­gal while liv­ing here. By law they have to re­turn to the coun­try of their birth and then wait years to try and get back.

Would you leave your fam­ily for years on the slim chance that you might be able to come back? Alex Mag­daleno Ca­mar­illo

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