‘The real is­sue is com­pas­sion’

USA TODAY International Edition - - NEWS - Steve Deace

First, let’s make clear what the is­sue ac­tu­ally is and is not.

The is­sue on the Obama pro­gram known as DACA is not de­por­ta­tion. That is a dis­trac­tion from the real is­sue. Al­most no one ad­vo­cates de­port­ing peo­ple who have roots here now and are con­tribut­ing mem­bers of so­ci­ety. And ev­ery time we de­bate this po­lit­i­cal non-starter, we dis­tract from the real rea­son that pas­sions run so high on this is­sue.

The real is­sue is com­pas­sion. See, mil­lions of Amer­i­cans be­lieve their gov­ern­ment no longer rep­re­sents their in­ter­ests. They’re happy to see peo­ple es­cape poverty, come here and get ed­u­cated and em­ployed like their an­ces­tors did. How­ever, at the same time they’ve seen lots of their jobs shipped over­seas and their wages stag­nant for more than 20 years.

What they want to know is, where is the com­pas­sion for them?

A re­cent sur­vey found that the av­er­age em­ployed DACA re­cip­i­ent makes about $36,000 a year. Yet re­cent data from the So­cial Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion found that 51% of work­ing Amer­i­cans make less than that. Where is the com­pas­sion for them?

How many of you read­ing this would like to be mak­ing $36,000 a year, or have your kids in a univer­sity re­ceiv­ing a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion? You pay taxes. You obey the law. You’re fi­nanc­ing all this “com­pas­sion.” So where is the com­pas­sion for you?

Your health care costs are climb­ing. You can’t af­ford col­lege for your kids. You’re liv­ing pay­check-to-pay­check. Maybe you work in an in­dus­try known for hir­ing il­le­gals, so you’re in con­stant threat of your job dis­ap­pear­ing.

Wouldn’t you like some of that com­pas­sion for a change?

Not to men­tion, where’s the com­pas­sion for the mil­lions wait­ing in line to come here legally, do­ing things the right way?

Pres­i­dent Trump claimed to un­der­stand th­ese con­cerns on the cam­paign trail, earn­ing the votes of mil­lions of work­ing Amer­i­cans to shock the pun­dits and win the elec­tion. But now it ap­pears that his com­pas­sion for work­ing fam­i­lies was “fake news.”

Steve Deace is a na­tion­ally syn­di­cated host with CRTV and a columnist for Con­ser­va­tive Re­view.

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