Thursday February 15, 2018
Retired judge finds fault with those who demean DACA recipients.
I am a recently retired Common Pleas Court judge with 30 years of service and am concerned about the impasse over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, and the abject failure of Congress to protect those affected from deportation
I have presided in Juvenile Court, led the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges Commission for 15 years and consulted with judges in China and throughout the United States. There is one aspect of research where there is total agreement: Adverse childhood experiences have the potential to deeply affect young people.
It is clear that the uncertainty and fear generated by the DACA impasse will cause dire consequences for many.
Some would have you believe that we are at increased risk of harm because of illegal immigrants. As far as DACA kids are concerned, that comment is garbage and made either out of ignorance or for crass political purposes. The vast majority are positive members of our society who came here as children, have registered with our government and follow all the rules.
These young people sometimes become victims of crime and domestic violence or are taken advantage of in other ways. They often fear to come forward and report these matters, and thereby their victimization is perpetuated.
Treating these young people as political pawns is morally indefensible. Their lives are in the hands of our elected representatives, who will be culpable if they fail to act now.
Eighty-three percent of Americans want them to solve this travesty and solve it now.
Arthur E. Grim
It's not right to treat immigrants as pawns