The devastating news of President Trump repealing the Dream Act of 2017 was very shocking to me. If this comes to be, 800,000 hardworking, law-abiding people, students studying and working and many working young people will be returned to their country of origin.

Many of these people do not know their country or the language since they were brought to United States as infants or children by their parents.

How cruel can we be? These young people who have learned the American way, the English language, been educated in our schools and are working in all types of jobs, thus helping our economy, are to be deported?

What are these students and young people going to do when they get deported to a country they don’t know, language they haven’t been speaking or know, and people they are not acquainted with?

If they are sent to Mexico or Central America, they will encounter gangs, drug trafficking and violence. They are not used to this.

What are their options: Join the gangs, or get killed because they were walking in wrong gang territory , find some relative or friends to get them acquainted with their new situation?

My gut feeling is they are going to try to get back to the United States and be with their friends, work companions, classmates, people and places they know and love. Then the cycle starts all over again.

Let’s hope and pray Congress and our representatives will have compassion and see that this repeal of the Dream Act will not come to fruition.

Sister Antona Schedlo, La Crosse

Sister Antona Schedlo, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, is coordinator of Centro Latino.

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