Statement from Rev. Makar About the Rollback of DACA
Dear UUCA Members and Friends,
Yesterday we learned that the Trump Administration is ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave official recognition to an entire generation of people who came to this country as children and have since grown deep roots in this land. It protected them from the precariousness of unauthorized-immigrant life, with its ever-present threat of deportation, and enabled them to work and go to school and pursue better dreams.
DACA transformed their lives. DACA is symbolic of what is truly great about America.
Nevertheless, the Trump Administration is ending DACA, and for stated reasons that are completely unconvincing. It says it wants to uphold law and order, but where is the law and the order in its recent act of pardoning Joe Arpaio, whose hard-line tactics in going after undocumented immigrants were embodiments of lawlessness and disorder?
UUCA, we must do all we can to fight this. Let us join with Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and Thomas Andrews, President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), when they say, “We raise our voices in outrage at the President’s betrayal of DREAMers so that he may receive accolades and applause from the alt-right and other white supremacist groups. This action goes against our nation’s principles and the views and wishes of the majority of the country. We are in solidarity with all DREAMers now facing a nightmare of uncertainty because of today’s announcement. We encourage Unitarian Universalists and all people of faith and conscience to rise up and resist this latest attack on our immigrant siblings.”
In this time of injustice and cruelty, we must draw hope and direction from our Unitarian Universalist Living Tradition. Our Living Tradition (with all its transformations) ultimately began—and we must never forget this—with a rabbi two thousand years ago who taught that everyone has inherent worth and dignity and not just some. There’s always been a system of haves and have nots, which bullies of one form or another sustain. In Jesus’ time, the bully was Rome. But Jesus said no to bullies. Jesus refused to go along. He resisted. He believed everyone is welcome, everyone belongs.
That’s what love looks like. Religion isn’t so much a matter of what you believe as what you do. To stand up to bullies and say NO. To care for the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the poor, the sick. To create communities of love and justice.
Today’s version of Rome seems so destructive. But we can truly find comfort and inspiration in the knowledge that our Living Tradition still lives. Love can’t die.
Let us feel the strength of our love, and let us stand up and resist the cruelty being done to our immigrant brothers and sisters and siblings.
Be on the lookout for news about actions in Atlanta. Meanwhile, here are some small but important actions you can take right now:
Love and courage,