DACA is as much an identity issue as it is an immigration one. The effects of decisions today may affect many people’s sense of who they are for much longer than its political news cycle.
We are faced with some 800,000 people who identify themselves as Americans – and why shouldn’t they?
- Their parents are in America.
- They grew up in America.
- They were educated in America.
- They work in America.
- They pay taxes in America.
- They serve in America’s armed forces.
America is the only home they have ever known. If they are returned to an unfamiliar country, they might not even speak the language.
- Will their identity no longer be American?
- What will this do to America’s identity?
- What will this do to America’s brand promise?
Britain recently went through an identity crisis with Brexit. The British brand cut off the European part of its identity. And the consequences for many Europeans and Brits alike has been a sense of broken promises. The DACA identity issue raises important questions about America’s identity and its own “brand” promise.