By STEPHEN DOLAR
Dear Donald Trump,
I thought about tweeting this to you, but I wouldn’t be able to express my concern in 140 characters. I’ll try my best anyway.
I’m a 20-year-old guy and a third year college student. I’m in an undergraduate business school, studying Economics just like you did back in college. I love pecan pie and country music. Perhaps the only things I like more are fried food and summer barbecues.
If you met me in person, you’d probably think I’m an ordinary guy with a quick wit and a good sense of humor. And if you met me in person, you’d probably bet I was another average American raised by average American parents.
You’d be wrong.
My experience has been anything but typical. I’m an immigrant who was brought to the U.S. when I was only six and I currently have no legal status. I am working my way through college under President Obama’s Deferred Action executive order – the same executive order that you promise to rescind as president.
If you were to become president and follow through on your promise, you would be sending me to a country that I do not know. America is where I was raised and where I’ve gone to school. This is where I have grown up, made friends, and learned to pursue my passions. You once said, “We’re always talking about DREAMers for other people. I want the children that are growing up in the United States to be dreamers also.” Mr. Trump, I am one of those people. However, you propose sending me away. Am I not American enough for my dreams to matter? And furthermore, how do you define American, Mr. Trump?
When you say things like you want to get rid of deferred action, you are talking about cutting the only lifeline people in my situation have. You are talking about students, parents, and people who are only trying to make a better life for themselves. Just like every other American.
The America I grew up in since I was only six years old taught me many things. Most of all, it taught me compassion and understanding for other people. I learned that people are much deeper than their stereotypes might suggest. Once you talk to folks and hear their stories, it’s harder to negate them.
I urge you to have more conversations with people from my community and reconsider your approach to immigration.