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austin walker
Not going to lie. Fucked up over DACA ending. This is a meaningful, material change to the lives of millions of people.
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austin walker Sep 5
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Remember this doesn't just hurt the 800k formerly protected by it, but all the people they touched too. Every person is a dozen more.
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austin walker Sep 5
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Don't get it twisted: DACA was not a compassionate policy, it was a compassionate loophole to policy that is fundamentally busted & inhumane
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austin walker Sep 5
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But the celebration of its end by many clearly illustrates that there is a rift in both American policy and also in the American imagination
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austin walker Sep 5
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In the face of deadlock, DACA was a public performance of will & hope. It said “this, at the very least, is what America could look like”
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austin walker Sep 5
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I have criticisms of Imagined Americas, especially when real policy and on-the-ground conditions rarely live up to our ideal state.
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austin walker Sep 5
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But there is value in imagination, in saying “if politics wasn’t a fucking quagmire, what would our nation look like?” Policy follows.
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austin walker Sep 5
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DACA was a commitment to the idea that immigration policy must be fixed and that those changes would be driven by humanity and compassion.
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austin walker Sep 5
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Shutting down DACA is a retraction, both material and abstract, of that compassion. It is indifferent. The coldest of promises.
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austin walker Sep 5
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And fundamentally, it says “I imagine a better America, one with less of ‘them’ in it.”
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Rei_ Sep 5
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theres a growing portion of america revelling in its power to hurt people and create further injustice and its hollowing out my damn stomach
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Jane Ng Sep 5
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I higher recommend latter half of ep #166 with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, he really explains the context around DACA well
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austin walker Sep 5
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Thankfully, the public imagination is not reliant on the status of executive orders. We can carry our hope directly onto the street.
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austin walker Sep 5
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There are marches throughout the country today & tonight. Find one. Get involved. Bring friends. Give voice to your will. It matters.
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Shivam Bhatt Sep 5
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The next step is ending birthright citizenship.
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Nick Horowitz Sep 5
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And yet, we have a huge contingent in the Democratic party telling us we must moderate our imagination to appeal to some nonexistent center
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johntdrake Sep 5
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I'm really trying to get excited for video games and think back fondly on PAX and it's really getting subsumed by how terrible this is.
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Nick Horowitz Sep 5
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If we're always told we must moderate our vision for what we can be, we will only ever have stop-gaps and bandaids that can be peeled back
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Brad Sep 5
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Also contact your reps and senators: - - And remember to VOTE!
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austin walker Sep 5
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Dude it fucking sucks. It's such a major, immediate derailment of so many lives
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