Wednesday January 17, 2018
"I am tired of living with an expiration date." Those words of Rainy Leonor-Lake, a "Dreamer" brought to this country at the age of 6, reverberated at a town hall meeting in Allentown ("A 'Dreamer' speaks and tears flow," Reading Eagle, Jan. 13).
These were poignant words from someone who worries every day about the possibility of a unwanted knock on her door.
When I hear a call to deport 800,000 "Dreamers," children who grew up here but had no say in the decision to relocate to America, I am reminded of the verse: "First they came for the Jews ... ," written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Nieméller, about the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
Projections are that Berks County will need tens of thousands of new workers over the next decade. Will the person made famous by saying, "You're fired," say to young "Dreamers"/workers, "You're expired"?
Almost a million dreamers want to make America better.
Yes, we must deal with border security.
The president can waste billions of dollars on a 2,000-mile, 100-foot-high ineffective wall to assuage his base if he likes.
But let the "Dreamers" stay.
Do what's required to let 'Dreamers' stay