Civil discourse on DACA… it is possible

Sarah Silverman, attrib: Gage Skidmore
Sarah Silverman, attrib: Gage Skidmore

I used think politics was simple, that it’s all black and white. You have the law which is the United States Constitution and that’s what you should support. I used to think that Liberals were the enemy because their views could possibly endanger America. That’s all changed now because of a decent discussion after reaching out to understand why the opposition thinks the way they do.

I have been on Twitter now for over a year and being the Conservative that I am, I stuck with the Conservative crowd. I supported President Trump in his campaign because of his policies. I got to know many people because of politics, and everyone is tweeting the same message and yeah, most of the time, you see arguments and insults with no decent dialogue to hear the other point of view.

It’s to a point where I hate how our country is dividing, and I partially blame the media on both sides of the political spectrum.

I decided to take it upon myself to reach out to a very Liberal Twitter friend of mine, Sarah Silverman, who recently started dialoging with me on different political issues. I asked her why the Left supports illegals more then Veterans.

For me, illegal immigration was a simple matter of, they know there are rules for entering the country and they still enter illegally. Sarah was kind to respond explaining why she felt supporting DACA was important. Then I got replies from her Liberal followers, that’s where it all changed.

They respectfully made their love for Veterans and the Military clear to me and showed me it’s not exclusive of their support for DACA recipients. They sent articles describing how many of DACA recipients have families, pay taxes, and are hard-working people. A lot of them didn’t know they were part of DACA because they’ve been in America all their lives.

I also learned that there are Veterans who are being deported because of this. And as a Veteran myself, this is wrong. Only 1 percent of Americans enter the United States Military, and for a Dreamer to answer the call of duty when others don’t, they should be given amnesty and a pathway to citizenship for their sacrifice. I personally have served with soldiers from other countries who are not U.S. citizens. I also call them a brother or sister in arms. If a person says they care about Veterans, Dreamers who are Vets should be included in that.

I personally do not believe in separating families. I also don’t believe that children should be punished because of what their parents did. Each Dreamer situation should be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Because I am now supporting Dreamers and DACA doesn’t mean I have stopped supporting President Trump or given up core Conservative principles. It means I am willing to listen to Liberals and Democrats because we are all in this together.

I do believe Liberals care about America and the same things we do, but just in a different way. And we won’t find out unless we take that step and talk out our differences.

David Weissman was born in Queens, NY and served 13 years in the U.S. Army as a chaplain assistant, including two deployments to Afghanistan. Upon being honorably discharged he made the Jewish right of return (Aliyah) and moved to the city of Ashkelon in Israel where he experienced the war with Hamas in the summer of 2014. David is now a freelance writer living in the city of Efrat in the Jerusalem district.