by ari attack, editor

Harlem x Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

Sen. Jeff Sessions aka piece of shit announced in six months, DACA will be eliminated by the Agent Orange Administration.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, started by Barack Obama, provided safety and reassurance for undocumented youth. If as of June 2012, if a person was undocumented and under 16 upon arrival, you’re immune from any deportation for two years.

Congress has six months to get their shit together, and protect DACA. At the time of introduction, over 1.5 million people were eligible. What an incredible loss this country is already experiencing from this legislation.

I’m sickened. This country, built on the lie that men are created equal. Such bullshit. And families who flee to this country for a better life, are only threatened to get sent back to where they’re from. Honestly, some of these children may not remember their home country – or it may not even be safe for them to return.

CHILDREN DESERVE TO GO TO SCHOOL.

FAMILIES DESERVE TO LIVE SAFELY AND FREE. 

A common misconception is the parents knew and should have done something – or should be blamed for the undocumentation. No one should be hating the parents. No one should have anything negative to say about these parents. I don’t know what it’s like to flee a country to get a better life for my family. Raised by a Nigerian immigrant, I’m thankful to have insight – but it couldn’t compare to any undocumented youth.

Congress has six months to act. Protests have erupted all over the country, students walked out from classes – fighting for what’s right.

It’s officially the full moon, and I’ve prepared by manifestations – but also my hopes for protecting DACA, the wildfires in L.A., Hurricane Harvey aftermath, Hurricane Irene, the North Korea to cease and come to a positive end. I hope Congress makes a decision to maintain the program.

Some things you can do to help stop this madness:

– Support and local organizations that protect undocumented youth. Locally, we have Indiana Undocumented Youth Alliance (IUYA) that provide resources and, “empower young immigrants to achieve higher education and engage in the community.” Also, pay attention to who you’re voting for – and what legislation they support.

We can fight this.

Please, #defendDACA.