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.