An attack on some of us is an attack on all

By Daniel Biss

Dreamers are our friends, neighbors, students, and the future of our country. They make our communities more vibrant and strengthen our state economy. Except for their immigration status, they are Illinoisans and Americans in every way.

But as of today, Dreamers are under grave threat. Donald Trump announced that he is following through on his promise to end DACA, a program that grants 800,000 Dreamers the opportunity to come out of the shadows and pursue the opportunity to succeed. Now, more than 41,000 DACA recipients who call Illinois home face deportation.

Donald Trump’s actions, in no uncertain terms, lift up white supremacists and tell everyone else they’re a target. His cruelty will force innocent young people into the shadows. This is a moral disgrace.

Now more than ever, we have to stand up and fight back to defend these young people. That’s why we need progressive leadership in states who will do everything in their power to protect Dreamers.

At different points in our nation’s storied past, we have shown either welcome or disdain toward immigrants. But this is our chance to make it right.

For generations in Illinois, we have welcomed immigrants that have enriched our communities and strengthened our state. Illinoisans recognize that, although we may come from different places, we are all in this together. That’s why I am a proud co-sponsor of the bi-partisan TRUST Act, a bill that makes our state more welcoming to immigrant communities.

Governor Rauner has failed us with his lack of leadership. As governor, I’d use every available tool to defend Dreamers and all immigrants in our state. Because an attack on some of us is an attack on all of us.

We have the moral responsibility to stand up for social justice wherever it’s being threatened. Share this if you think we should protect Dreamers: