Do y'all realize that this is real?
Maybe DACA is just another thing that doesn't affect you.
But a senior left his college class yesterday crying because after his hard work, the dream is over for him. He likely won’t be allowed to finish.
A girl called her sister crying during that same class. Because it's likely over for her.
Students, business owners-- real people who are make your food or teach your kids-- they are affected.
Do you understand what this is?
Do you care about things that don't affect you, but are turning your city upside down?
Universities are standing up for their students, but their hands are tied as they will likely have to kick out many of them in 6 months.
These aren't criminals. These are KIDS. These are kids who were brought here, speak English, study, work, and feel apart of America--they feel apart of Memphis.
If you care even a little, try to understand. You don't have to change your views or your political party or anything else-- but take a peek into their lives.
Connolly works for the commercial appeal here in Memphis. He took a leave of absence a few years ago to follow Isaias at Kingsbury High and write about his life. Isaias was in a local band, involved in his school and wanted to go to college. However, him and many of his friends were immigrants, brought to Memphis by their parents when they were young. Isaías' brother was born here and therefore "legal," but not Isaias.
DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) is likely ending in 6 months and there is great mourning throughout our nation.
Kids who have fought long and hard to make the most of a situation they didn't choose will being punished.
Please, please learn more about this because it is so important: read Isaias's story, learn about DACA, or try to help.
These next six months are crucial.