Members of the University of Oregon community,
President Trump this week is expected to make changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, also known as DACA. I join hundreds of university leaders as well as local, state, federal, and business leaders in strongly urging President Trump to continue this program. I also write to let our students know that we support them, and to provide information about where our students and their families can go for assistance, should the need arise.
In a world full of ambiguities, there is no ambiguity for me about the importance of continuing DACA. My view of morality dictates that young people, many of whom were brought here as infants or toddlers, must be allowed to remain in the United States to learn, work, and make a life for themselves. The United States is their home. To uproot them would be wrong. Period.
But the argument for DACA doesn’t just rest on principles of morality; it is also good for our country. One of the reasons the United States became the greatest nation in the world is because it was founded, built, and shaped by immigrants. Millions and millions of people, including all of my grandparents, risked everything to come to the United States to escape religious, ethnic, and political oppression or to seek out a better life for their children. The very act of coming here showed grit and determination, the willingness to assume risk, and courage—just the skills necessary to build our nation. …
The UO Senate resolution from last November, written by Prof. Lynn Stephens and other members of the DACA and Undocumented Students Working Group, with cooperation from the UO administration, is here. The video of the Senate meeting is here. Minutes:
4.4 Vote: US16/17-09: Declaring UO a Sanctuary Campus; Lynn Stephen (Anthropology) et al. Lynn Stephen read the motion. She thanked President Schill and Provost Coltrane for their statement on immigration earlier in the day and for working together with the Senate. She noted that over 200 local jurisdictions throughout the United States, though not Lane County, have expressed their unwillingness to help ICE enforce immigration laws.
Motion to adopt. Presented by: _______________. Second: ________________.
Craig Parsons expressed his concern about the Senate addressing issues like this one, which asks the UO to take a position on how it will deal with federal agencies. The previous resolution focused on the university’s own values, but this one requires a political stance from senators who were not elected based on their political beliefs. Jane Cramer said this resolution will make many students she knows feel safer. Chris Chavez said it is important for the university to speak up at critical moments like this.
Vote to adopt. No – 2. Yes – all other votes. Moved/Seconded/Carried.
9/4/2017: Miserable old man finds brief joy in punishing innocent children
Politico has the news on Donald Trump’s decision to repeal the Obama directive that gave temporary residency and a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants, here. Congress will have 6 months to decide to reinstate it, or not.
Sept 5 downtown Eugene rally against DACA/Dreamer repeal:
By some of the same people who organized the excellent Eugene Anti-Hate march. On Facebook here.
8/14/2017 update: Peaceful Eugene Anti-Hate march from EMU to downtown
Great rally at UO, passionate and short speeches from the organizers, maybe 800 people counting children in strollers. Peaceful march downtown. A particular shout-out to the chant leaders, who were stationed along the route and mixed it up nicely. Good organizing! Only one dude who thought we needed to hear him beat his drum, and no Nazi’s. Ample presence from police, greeted happily by the people I saw including some high-fives. After Charlottesville I have no problem seeing a line of cars stopped behind an expensive UOPD black SUV, waiting for the crowd to pass.
Full disclosure: I went home before the politicians started their speeches at the Park Blocks.
You can pitch in towards the speakers’ expenses here: https://www.gofundme.com/hate-is-not-welcome-speaker-fund
8/13/2017: More info from the organizers on Facebook here:
Lane County is paying attention to the events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We will be sending a message that hate is not welcome in our community. What we have seen in Virginia will not be tolerated. Join us in solidarity so that we can prevent these ideas from becoming normalized in any way, shape, or form. Spread the word! All are welcome- families, friends, kids! This affects us all. We’re calling on everyone to come together to say that white supremacy has no place in Lane County.
We will be starting the march from the University of Oregon ‘Free Speech Amphitheater’ in front of the EMU (1228 University St, Eugene, OR 97403).
For those who cannot march because of accessibility/mobility issues: Please come meet at our march destination, Lane County courthouse (125 E 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97401). The rally speakers will begin around 6:30pm. We will have dedicated space for people with disabilities.
Police institutions have historically and continue to this day to be a danger to marginalized communities. So for that reason we will absolutely NOT be working with any police institution for this action. …
FWIW I disagree with the last bit, about the organizers’ decision not to work with the EPD and UOPD on coordinating this march. All of the police I have met – including the ones in Charlottesville where I grew up – passionately believe that their job includes protecting the peace and people’s right to protest. Frankly it seems a bit hateful to tar them all for the evils done by a few. And yes, I say that despite not understanding why they didn’t do more to stop the violence in C’ville.
In other news, the free-market has spoken, and they’re betting against the Nazis:
Which is good, because they obviously don’t keep insects away.
I’m not sure why Amazon doesn’t have a rainbow colored set available already, but the Nerds are on it:
8/12/2016: President condemns Nazis, calls for minute of silence for the dead
That would be President Vladimir Putin:
“It was the Nazis who unleashed this war,” Putin told lawmakers, after asking them to stand for a minute’s silence in honour of the dead. “Their ideology of hatred, blind faith in their own exceptional nature and infallibility, and desire for world domination led to the 20th century’s greatest tragedy.”
Meanwhile President Donald Trump is still playing both sides, waiting to see how it shakes out this time.