Conservatives Challenge Congress to Protect DREAMers

Conservatives are calling on Congress to finally address the DREAMer situation.

I am one of the signatures on a letter to Speaker Ryan, Senator McConnell, and the Congress calling for meaningful reform to allow DREAMers to stay in the United States under a legal pathway. Note that we are not calling for citizenship. But what we are calling for is for Congress to take the DACA program seriously and come up with something to allow kids who know no other home to stay in the one they know.

The letter is signed by a who's who of the conservative movement (and then there's me). From Robbie George to Frank Cannon to Steve Forbes to Larry Kudlow and more. Among other things, the letter notes

The loss of this dynamic segment of workers in the economy would be significant. 97 percent are in school or in the workforce and 5 percent have started their own business. A study from the Niskanen Center found that deporting the DREAMers could cost the American economy $721 billion over a decade as well as $21 billion in lost net revenue to the federal government. President Trump asked in a recent Tweet, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?” With DREAMers, the economy grows and we create jobs.

Senator Lankford has an intriguing plan that would allow the DREAMers to stay in the country without giving them citizenship. More notably, his plan does not try to treat the young the same way he would treat their parents. In fact, his plan does not even touch on the parents, but on those kids who have been here since they were young and really know no other home.

It is time for Congress to get serious about this issue. You can read the full letter here .

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Dave_A
Dave_A

The original idea behind all this, was that individuals who were brought to the US illegally as children (and thus raised as Americans, with no knowledge of the culture of their real country), but who are now adults, might be allowed some method of legalization.

The issue isn't that they are kids now, but that their parents brought them here illegally. Requirements to complete high school and college or military service are intended to weed out gang members and similar....

With that said, the original political goal was a nose under the tent for total amnesty, using the most sympathetic population possible.

So... On one hand, we have people who didn't intentionally enter the US illegally, and who have been raised outside their home culture/language...

On the other hand, 'its a trap'...

The logical solution, is to do the hard work and produce a real immigration reform bill, that addresses seasonal guest workers for Ag, skilled-labor for the overall benefit of population growth and 'taking the best and brightest' from competing nation's, and gets rid of the current quota/family-relation based system in favor of rules based on individual economic performance (eg, rather than only allowing X people from any given country, allow anyone who can keep and maintain a legal tax-paying job making a set minimum income)... Along with strict enforcement of employment law and mandatory e-verify/RealID use for employment purposes.

Under no circumstances should we change the birthright rule - it's beneficial to us overall, and part of our national character all the way back to the Revolution (See Sailor's Snug Harbor case, for the Supreme Court's take - and yes, this case predates the 14th)....

NWRED
NWRED

End chain migration. End dual citizenship End anchor babies. . For dreamers over 18 three years to pass present citizenship citizenship test and new back ground checks. For those 6-15 foster homes or adoption Make part of yearly immigration count.. Under six send back with parents, and birth certificate if born in this country. The families have a choice of being broken up or not. The parents should have known the risk when they came.

TMAC
TMAC

This is one that I can't agree with you on Eric - sorry.
I do feel bad for the "kids" (although many of these DACA "kids" aren't kids at all - they're in their 20's and 30's). Problem is, if we grant them legal status, it will only be a matter of time before the democrats 9and the DACA kids themselves) DEMAND citizenship. They will say that it "isn't fair", they contribute to society / our economy, so they should be allowed to vote.....yada, yada, yada.
You KNOW that is what will happen, and you also KNOW that the GOP would cave to their demands.

NeverTrumpGal
NeverTrumpGal

On the other hand, there is so much hatred coming from many of the opponents. I've heard it from my own family. There is an element of racism to many of the obections. Not all. But many. And I sense a real resentment from people whose families have been in this country for generations and are still struggling when they see children who shouldn't have been here in the first place getting college scholarships when their own children can't even get admitted. But does that make them WRONG? And what makes college students more worthy than others? We have too many students attending college NOW in this country, graduating with a mountain of debt and a worthless degree. Do we really need to be importing MORE of this?

NeverTrumpGal
NeverTrumpGal

I hate this whole debate. Probably because both sides are right and wrong at the same time. The Dreamers may be innocent. If they were brought here as children through no fault of their own its cruel to throw them out of the only country they know. But letting them stay is a slap in the face of all those who waited to come here legally. How many parents throughout the world would gladly break our laws to insure a better life for their children? And if the children get to stay, it's probably well worth it to the parents even if they themselves get deported. Doesn't our compassion just invite more of the crime? Should we do it anyway?

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