Image of a Children T - Shirt Donated for Harvey Hurricane victims.
"Morality Must Be In One's Nature." Immanuel Kant
As I close my eyes and drift away to arrive at a land where there is love, health, peace, and blessings. I wanted to take the time to think and reflect.
The truth is that I arrived in Houston with a purpose, a purpose to assist and help with recovery efforts as much as I can, and where I could. During this time I was able to see the many wonderful initiatives, efforts of organizations, and also stood to witness how systemic barriers work to make it difficult for individuals to gain access to services. Seeing the floods of support is heart warming, whilst seeing the harsh realities of systems is also quite heartbreaking. I said it before, and I will say it again, Houston knows its communities, and is probably the best resource to serve their communities. Nevertheless, I think that everyone has the ability to improve and think about actions. The process of giving should never be thought of as a competition, some people have better or worse circumstances than others. To deny people services, or to limit these when they need this the most is not only cruel, but is also inhumane. As we live in modern western societies, we must think critically about how we serve, and act through the lens of purity. We never know what could happen tomorrow, when circumstances will change, or when we too will need the help and support of others.
These thoughts can also be transferred to what we have seen today of the latest announcement of ending the DACA program. This program allowed children who were brought into the country with their parents to stay in America. I find that this announcement today was particularly cruel because of the sensitive situation that we are witnessing in Houston, surrounding areas and Texas. Houston is truly a diverse city. Whilst I am not aware of how many individuals are residing in America through the DACA program, I will say that you can't deny people who have lived here for such a long time to leave. I was actually quite appalled by Jeff Sessions orchestrated speech. He talked about enforcing the law, the program being unconstitutional, and then mixing up his words with compassion. There is nothing compassionate about this announcement. And when we are talking about enforcing the law - what about all of the Neo - Nazi, white supremacist, and KKK protests? What about enforcing the law or constitution when it comes to this topic? The imbalance here is a clear indication of an administration that is favouring hate, and now to break families apart. Purposely to create more barriers for minorities, poor, working class, and also to create social anxiety at the level of the macro, especially when we have individuals who have died because of Hurricane Harvey, that were able to stay in America because of the DACA program.
The timing of this announcement makes it worse. When we think about America and say that these people are taking jobs that are for American's, we are thinking on the level of scarcity. This is also fear based thinking. There is always enough to go around, it depends on your priorities. One has to possess the desire to achieve, everything else will fall into place. Now you can say that this is wishful thinking, but we have to remember that every action always begins with a thought.
We can also call upon the politics of morality here. What happens to rules, laws, with the intersection of human morals, and morality? Was it moral for President Trump's administration to announce this decision today, when he knows too well, and has seen for himself the devastation that is taking place in Texas? Whether he or congress decides to end this program, develop, change, add or subtract to the program, it timing should have been thought about as well. This is also part of leadership - to lead you must know who you are serving. We have to remember that this decision, and what will happen to this program affects people all over America. Many of whom have families here and have also built their lives in America as well.
*The timing of the DACA topic / decision is very inconsiderate, and question human morality.
*There has to be avenues for families to stay together if they decide to enter America with children.
*President Trump should have tea / coffee with his wife, to remind himself that she too is an immigrant.
Dedication: The words of this being remain with the people of Houston, Texas, and surrounding area. It is with an apologetic nature that I share these words, when this city is trying to heal. My thoughts to share with love & kindness.