Marvel’s Black Panther Actor Just Defiantly Revealed He’s A DREAMer

Trump’s cynical betrayal of the DREAMers with his abrupt September announcement that he’d be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a cruelty that has yet to be fully addressed.

DACA was created by President Obama and ensured that individuals who arrived in the United States as children brought by undocumented parents wouldn’t be deported. These children have lived and grown up in the USA, and it’s the only home they know.

Roughly 800,000 immigrants benefit from DACA. They are taxpaying, contributing members of society with exceptionally low rates of criminality. They are, in other words, model citizens.

Trump’s decision to target these people is nothing but cynical pandering to his bigoted base, who scapegoat immigrants for their own problems. It’s also part of his pathetic ongoing campaign to undo President Obama’s legacy. It’s a despicable act that courageous Americans must stand up and oppose.

Now, a prominent actor has bravely stepped forward and revealed himself to be a DACA recipient. Bambadjan Bamba, who stars in the much-anticipated upcoming blockbuster Marvel film Black Panther has joined a campaign to legalize DREAMers like himself, reports Variety. 

Bamba is thirty-five years old and has worked in Hollywood for a decade. DACA was a big part of why he was able to get a work visa to pursue his career. The actor fled persecution in Côte d’Ivoire when he was a child and has lived in the United States ever since. As a DACA recipient he was ineligible for financial aid from the government, and so he worked hard and long as a taxi driver to pay his way through drama school.

“We know the industry is run by a lot of immigrants. There are immigrant actors. Hollywood can play a big part in at least changing policy so that it can be easier for actors to work in Hollywood,” Bamba told Variety.

The actor hopes that he can use his platform to convince others in the entertainment industry to influence Congress to protect DREAMers by passing legislation offering them a road to full citizenship to match the manner in which they’ve already assimilated and function as Americans.

“I’m going public first and foremost because I’m sick and tired of living in fear and hiding about this issue. I’ve kind of been in this status for 25 years of my life. I remember when the administration decided to cancel DACA — that was the last straw for me because not only am I married, but I have a daughter now. I didn’t feel like I could still sit back and keep hitting the snooze button,” he told Variety.

Click here to sign Bamba’s petition and check out the Black Panther trailer below.


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Robert Haffey

Rob Haffey is a graduate of Drexel University and the winner of the ScreenCraft Fellowship.

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