To the dreamer’s
Hanging on to hope by a thread
To the soulful
Heart open hopeful
Keep on charging ahead
~ For King & Country
To the dreamers…. This is one of my favorite songs. All about conquering mountains and chasing dreams. The cool thing about this song is it’s written by two men that come from Australia. One of the men, Joel Smallbone, became a proud citizen of the United States this year. I love that this song is written by men from Australia and called To the Dreamers.
It seems like such a perfect song in light of the controversy surround DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The people of this action are called the dreamers. They are the ones dreaming of being citizens. Hoping to stay in the only home they’ve known. Scared to lose their place they’ve found in this life. Lose their friends. No longer have a home. They are your friends and your neighbors.
One friend of mine came to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a little girl. Excited to start life anew preparations were made for citizenship. Alas it was not to be. As a little girl, her opportunity for citizenship was stolen away by a money hungry lawyer that took off with all of the money needed. She was unable to get citizenship. Thankfully, later in life, she went on to marry an American man whom she loves dearly.
What if she hadn’t though? What if DACA was not available? In recent weeks politicians have been discussing repealing this action. If my friend, whom I adore, had not married a US citizen, her chances of remaining in this country would be in jeopardy. The chances of many could be in jeopardy. These dreamers could lose their hopes. Their dreams. Friends. Homes. Jobs. Lives.
Of course, we do not know what would happen. There are many in the US that do deserve the right to work. Many citizens who were raised here. However, we cannot, in good conscious, send these people who have possibly never had another home to a foreign land. These people could become our next great leaders.
Imagine. One day they could be like the many amazing people who came from all over the world to do great things here. Maybe some already are doing amazing things – doctors, nurses, lawyers, soldiers, or teachers. They could be like Joel (who would not have been affected by DACA but was a proud child immigrant to the US as well as his siblings) – an amazing singer of an amazing band who bring hope and life to many people. One who was proud to become a citizen of the US. A band that helps women find value in themselves. If you haven’t heard of DACA, I highly encourage you to do your own research and form your own opinions. Stay informed and keep up to date on political going ons so you can stand up for your fellow people.