The recent decision by President Trump to rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is anything but humane.

It runs counter not only to our traditional American values but to the very reason our country was founded.

Dreamers are not interlopers. They are not criminals. They do not take from our economy or steal employment opportunities from citizens.

Rather, through diligent work and perseverance, they have contributed to our country’s economic and cultural strength. They are students and soldiers; they are nurses, teachers, engineers, computer scientists.

They are the best of us.

Moreover, Dreamers are innocents, here beside us not by choice, brought here as children too young to have free will. Most have known no other home; many know only one language: English.

The president’s decision to rescind the Dreamers’ secure status in the U.S. may well not stand, as he himself has indicated in recent tweets. So why rouse the tremendous fear and anxiety of potential deportation for hundreds of thousands of our friends, relatives, co-workers? Are almost 800,000 young people being used as leverage for building a wall designed to exclude even more people from immigrating to a country founded and populated by immigrants?

We all know the right thing to do, the decent thing to do. It’s about who we are becoming and who we want to be.

We at MVRCR are committed not only to resettling refugees in our community but also to upholding the spirit of America: to be welcoming and humane to our neighbors, near and far.

This column was signed by Shelly Callahan, executivedirector of the The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, and its board of directors: Jennifer Boulanger, president; Mark Caruana, vice president; Christopher J. Kalil, secretary; John Howard, treasurer, and members Bruce Daniels, Robert Dicks, James Franco, Ellen Kraly, Stephen Lockwood, Anita Mohr and Ibrahim Rosic.