Personal Speech : The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals

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In Madison’s “Federalist Ten,” he describes political coalitions (“factions”) as groups of people motivated by passions and/or interest. Passions are those feelings typically elicited by moral issues, issues that ignite strong emotional reactions within individuals and motivate them to action. Thus, passions correspond best to one’s values and principals. Interests, however, affect one’s stake in life—these are issues that directly affect one’s daily life and way of living. A relevant example that could be used to explain the difference between the two is President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he intended to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. I have been motivated to join with my fellow university students in order to speak out and protest the program’s termination because I feel passionately about its continuation. I interned with an immigration law firm and intricately understand the value of the program to both immigrants and the United States. Additionally, I strongly believe that immigrants, documented or undocumented, should be treated with respect and compassion—as humans, not unwanted aliens. Thus, I am motivated to join a political coalition by my passions. I do not have any direct stake in the existence of DACA, its continuation or termination will not affect my position as a white, native-born citizen in the United States. Undocumented immigrants currently enrolled under DACA, however, may join political

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