A cowboy-hat wearing 31-year-old DJ on a country music station in Lufkin, Texas, Guillén often used his show to raise money for those in need — of a medical procedure, or a wheelchair. He came to this country from Mexico at age 15 and died last week trying to save stranded Houstonians from flooding. He and two other volunteers were thrown from their rescue boat when it hit a submerged bridge during a late-night rescue mission.
Guillén had made a life in Lufkin. His mother, who lives in Piedras Negras, Mexico, at first thought she wouldn’t be able to come across the border to bury him, but I knew that wouldn’t stand, and it hasn’t. We are not that cruel.
Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that DACA will be phased out, but that won’t stand, either. If, that is, we insist that Congress show compassion to 800,000 young “Dreamers” who were brought here as children and qualified for work or study permits. Like Guillén, they are the best of us. And we are not that cruel.
MELINDA HENNEBERGER MHENNEBERGER@KCSTAR.COM