Rev. Pickens: Reflections on DACA Decision

Friends: I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the recent DACA decision.

I have found myself reflecting upon Dr. King’s dream and what it implies for “Dreamers.”

Playing politics with nearly 1 million people is particularly cynical and heartless.

Dr. King once said that there is a time to do what is politic and there’s a time to do what is right.

In the story of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan man crossed the road to help a Jew beaten by robbers; he broke social custom, he broke cultural norms, perhaps he even broke the law in order to do what was right.

America, Dreamers are not the cause of our economic and social problems. Scapegoating is not productive. It may be more productive to look within in order to determine what ails our nation. We all have a part to play in building our nation and our own futures. Our future, however, is not tied to diminishing other human beings. The future of this nation is tied to celebrating the gifts that its people—even Dreamers—bring.

What is particularly disheartening about the Dreamer decision has to do with what I call “the arrogance of powerlessness.” For an administration to pretend that it is powerless to address a situation and then pass the buck to Congress is unconscionable and demonstrates a lack of moral leadership.

I have a dream that one day this nation will live out the true meaning of its creed that all men, all women, all people are created equal.

Larry D. Pickens,
Ecumenical Director
The Lehigh Conference of Churches

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