IMAGINE IT – The DACA Song – (Parody of Imagine)
LYRICS to IMAGINE THIS
(Written by Greg Gower)
Imagine you grew up here
since the age of two;
America’s the one place
you know what to do.
You’ve never seen a camel,
never herded sheep.
You who ooh ooh.
Imagine that our borders
were lined with pretty walls
six foot thick – brick by brick.
thirty-five feet tall.
imagine sending children
far away from home.
You who ooh ooh
You may say they are dreamers
But you know, they’re so much more.
They’re really seeds for the future.
What a waste for us to close the door.
Imagine there’s no brown folk,
Mexicans or Jews,
no Hindi speaking peasants,
or Danes with wooden shoes.
Imagine all the country
white as white can be.
You who ooh ooh
You may say they are dreamers,
but you know, they’re so much more.
They’re really seeds for the future
What a waste for us to close the door.
Copyright 2017 Parody Project LLC
History of the Original Song – Imagine by John Lennon
“Imagine” was the most popular single of John Lennon’s illustrious solo career. He produced the song with his partner Yoko Ono as the featured single on the album, which was also titled Imagine. Phil Spector was also an active producer on the album. Beginning in May of 1971, the album was recorded at John Lennon’s home studio. The final mix and overdubbing of tracks took place at the Record Plant, in New York. According to Lennon, the concept for the song originated or at least was inspired by his partner Yoko Ono. According to an article in Wikipedia “as of June 2017, plans were underway to ensure that she receives a co-writing credit for the song.”
Imagine was named one of the one hundred most performed songs of the twentieth century by Broadcast Music Inc (BMI). Rolling Stone placed it as the third greatest song of all time. Dozens of artists have performed or recorded versions of “Imagine”, including Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Joan Baez, Elton John and Diana Ross.
DACA is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and is often referred to as The Dream Act, while those directly impacted by the policy are sometimes called “Dreamers.”
- The CATO Institute estimated that ending DACA would have an adverse fiscal impact, reducing tax revenue by nearly $280 billion over a decade,[*]
- and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center estimated that deporting DACA-eligible individuals would reduce Social Security and Medicare tax revenue by $24.6 billion over a decade.[*]
- A study by the Center for American Progress estimated that that the loss of all DACA-eligible workers would reduce U.S. GDP by $433 billion over the next 10 years.[*]
DACA a policy related to immigration that was put in place during the Obama Administration, and was officially established on June 2012. The stated purpose behind DACA is fairly simple – it exists to protect individuals who were brought into the country as minors by allowing them to sign up for the program which defers their deportation for two years, and also makes them eligible for a work permit. As of this writing, about eight hundred thousand young people have enrolled in the program.
Obama explained his reasoning behind the creation of this program by saying, “They were brought to this country by their parents, sometimes even as infants. They may not know a country besides ours. They may not even know a language besides English. They often have no idea they’re undocumented until they apply for a job, or college, or a driver’s license . . . Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking anything away from the rest of us . . . Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes or raise anybody’s wages.”
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
There is a great deal of misinformation about who is eligible for the program. Here are the facts.
- They had to arrive in the United States before their 16th birthday
- They need to have lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007
- They can’t have been older than 30 on June 15, 2012 (i.e., born on June 16, 1981 or after)
- They need to have been physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS
- It is required that they had no lawful status on June 15, 2012
- They need to have completed high school or a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces, or are enrolled in school
- They cannot have been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanors, or three or more other misdemeanors, and cannot otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
On September 5, 2017 Jeff Session, the US Attorney General stated that DACA would be rescinded. According to Sessions the young people who are eligible for DACA are lawbreakers and they are having a negative impact on wages and employment in the US. Sessions also claimed that DACA was a primary cause of unaccompanied minors entering the US from Central America. Trump claimed that virtually all “top legal experts” believe that DACA is unconstitutional.
However, fact-checkers say that only a few economists are of the opinion that DACA has an adverse impact on native-born workers, that there is virtually no evidence that DACA is responsible for a surge in unaccompanied minors coming into the country, and that it is false that all “top legal experts” believe DACA to be unconstitutional, as Trump claimed (see our parody on The Tweeter with the chorus: lie-lie-lie).