Editor's Desk: Backing DACA Is A Moral Duty, To Hell With Economic Pragmatism

If you support DACA and the DREAMers, remember this:

  • Stop equating human worth with college degrees
  • Stop equating human value with incomes and wealth
  • Stop equating human dignity with labor, productivity, entrepreneurialism, heroism, and sacrifice

Human dignity is innate, is something we are all born with, and this can't be stated enough: 

You are worthy no matter who you are or what you do or what America or white America or anyone else says. You are deserving because you are human. 

I don't give a good goddam about Steve Jobs, valedictorians, marriages, homes bought, or some economic indicator. People deserve our care, our concern, our kindness, they deserve open doors, open arms, open hearts, they deserve to rise and fall just like the rest of us, and still be treated like human beings all along that journey.

I don't care if they are poor, uneducated, single with no relatives, have a chronic illness and a mental health condition. There is no bar, no price of admission I can morally set to refuse and deny a person the better opportunity of what America can provide when America is being their best self. Let them in!

If progressives want to win this argument, if they want to demonstrate that they actually value human life and not data points and statistics, if they want to show they support people and people of color, they need to stop this garbage where they implicitly name a "desirable" and "respectable" type of human being based on market ourput.

That is, if you support DACA and the DREAMers.

 

Chief is the founder and editor-in-chief of EFNIKS. Send comments and feedback to feedback@efniks.com.