‘I’m an Undocumented Immigrant and an Evangelical Christian’
December 7, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Liz Dong, a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), shares her story in a newly posted TIME op-ed today.
In the piece, “‘I’m an Undocumented Immigrant and an Evangelical Christian,” Dong writes about immigration as a biblical issue, and about the hope and opportunities DACA has provided.
“With DACA, I could obtain my Social Security card, driver’s license and work authorization. This is what I, and many others like me, had simply wanted all along: not to have to hide in the shadows but to lead productive lives and give back to our communities,” she writes.
The piece lands as President-elect Donald Trump, newly named TIME’s Person of the Year for 2016, is quoted in the magazine as saying a plan is necessary for young undocumented immigrants who were brought here as children— despite initial promises to end the Obama administration’s executive actions.
“They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here,” Trump said. “Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“DACA recipients’ stories compel us to think about immigration in human terms,” said Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum. “These young immigrants are working, going to college, contributing to their communities and our country. They have cooperated with the government to come out of the shadows. How self-defeating it would be to pull the rug out from underneath them now.
“We are pleased the president-elect recognizes that we need a constructive way forward for DACA recipients that will benefit all Americans. Come Jan. 20, when President-elect Trump becomes President Trump, we look forward to actions that back up these words.”