In September, Trump announced that his administration would end the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which, in short, protects undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors from being deported. Congress was granted a six-month window, which ends March 5, 2018, to pass legislation on the issue, affecting as many as 800,000 people.
has released a new single and accompanying video, “The Dreamers,” that lends insight into the lives of those immigrants, encouraging empathy for those individuals who he feels deserve a place in America. The song was written by Browne and Eugene Rodriguez of Los Cenzontles, a Mexican-American roots band and cultural arts academy. Browne performs the song with members of the band and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, trading off lyrics in English and Spanish to tell the story of a girl who was brought to the country to be reunited with her father. In an interview with Forbes, Browne expanded on the origins of the song, saying:
That’s a thing that’s written in every sentence about DACA, children who were brought here illegally, but without any choice in the matter. And who now are among the most earnest and hardworking and ethical and virtuous people we have. They come to be Americans in every way but the legal document. We have a procedure that has to be followed in order to do that, that’s only fair. But to send them back would not be fair either. That’s the dilemma I think most people really feel for the dreamers because they’re among us and they’re as American as you or I.
Watch the touching video for “The Dreamer” below, plus a Browne performance from the Paste Cloud.