Despite Trumpfoolery, Congress must pass DREAMers Act

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A march in Los Angeles in support of DACA. Courtesy of user Molly Adams through Flickr

It’s been nearly three months since President Donald Trump announced he would repeal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This action lead to many protests but no progress. Contention is high on both sides of the argument, with each side adopting an us vs. them mentality. The solution is clear: establish DACA as a legal pathway to citizenship. As simple of a solution as it seems, its finality continues to elude us. What is being done about DACA and the DACA recipients here in Portland and the rest of the United States?

We know Portland State is a sanctuary school; citizenship status is protected. However, outside of school, time is running out for DACA recipients. Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden met with DACA recipients on Oct. 6 to discuss the fight for DACA in Congress so far. They said there is a proposal for three new bills, all of which could mean a better situation for DREAMers. The bills are threefold: the Bridge Act extends DACA for three years, the Confidentiality Act protects the privacy of DREAMers, and the DREAM Act grants recipients permanent legal status.

The DREAM Act was originally introduced to the Senate on July 20. The bill is available to view in full on Congress’ website. In short, it allows people to stay in the U.S. if they a) have been in the U.S. for four years prior to its passing; b) arrived in the U.S. as minors; c) are not criminals or terrorists; d) have not persecuted anyone; e) have not committed the “specified federal or state offenses;” f) have fulfilled the specified educational requirements.

The language of the bill leaves room for interpretation, particularly with its use of the word “specified.” Another concern is the fact that the bill was introduced to Congress just a month and a half before Trump announced the repeal of DACA. Trump and his administration have stipulations they want fulfilled before they approve the bill.

Trump makes sure he is seen as a supporter of DACA and DREAMers on his Twitter account, but he also voices stipulations. He clearly expects Congress to adhere to a stringent set of expectations for the new bill; if they don’t, he could exercise his power of veto. On Sept. 14, right after repealing DACA, Trump posted a tweet which said, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..”. On Sept. 15, he tweeted, “CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!”

Although it is likely enough members of Congress would vote in favor of the DREAMers Act, the bill would still be dead in the water unless they abide by Trump’s demands. In order to give his presidential approval, Trump is asking for things Republicans and Democrats do not see eye-to-eye on; the inability to agree might stifle the law’s passing. Because of his tweets, Trump can say although he wanted the bill to pass, Congress didn’t do its job. Ultimately, Trump is putting responsibility and blame onto Congress to hide his anti-immigration policies.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Trump stipulated the bill would have to include more money toward immigration enforcement in order to pass, and DACA recipients who become citizens cannot vouch for relatives’ citizenship. These two stipulations are grounds for heated debate and may pose issues for the bill passing. Voting the bill into law could mean choosing the lesser of two evils: while the DREAMers can stay, more undocumented workers who may be relatives of the DREAMers will be systematically hunted down and deported, thanks to more money going into deportation efforts—money that could go into our crumbling infrastructure, massive groups of homeless and destitute individuals, and our declining education system.

This is yet another impossible choice laid before lawmakers, one in which we all lose something in the end. With the evidence provided, it is difficult not to see President Trump’s manipulation of lawmakers and the American people. A solution is staring us in the face, and both Democrats and enough Republicans are willing to enact it, but the president is the problem. He claims to want to help these young people, but he makes the solution impossible to reach.

We don’t need tougher immigration laws; what we need is to practice tolerance and compassion. We need to pass the DREAMers Act without stipulations on immigration policies no one is going to agree on any time soon. Let’s move forward one step at a time, instead of trying to cover the entire distance in one awkward, uncalculated leap.

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  1. No Congress must not

    DACA is just like the TPS program (Temporary Protective Status) the goal for Democrats is permanent placement in the U.S. “Delayed” or “Temporary” are just ** terms used to mislead. These are programs used by Democrats to import as many refugees from the third world as they can then fight to keep them permanently. One day politicians may learn If you offer incentives, benefits people will come by the millions. So their answer is pass a “Dream act” legalize millions of illegal aliens (DACA.) But they don’t want to separate families….. so add another 1-2 million. Same with theTPS program.

    JOBS-There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand DACA and TPS are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years now.) There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college. So when you hear of the “contributions by illegal aliens paying taxes.” Remember that also is at a cost in jobs citizens should have. Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

    Democrats,MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it “Dreamers.”Democrats have actually changed the language. It’s not illegal alien anymore its “Immigrant.” They’re not adults, they are “Kids” or “children.” and no one seem to wonder why this obsession? future voters?

    DACA is just like the TPS program (Temporary Protective Status) the goal for Democrats is permanent placement in the U.S. “Delayed” or “Temporary” are just ** terms used to mislead. These are programs used by Democrats to import as many refugees from the third world as they can then fight to keep them permanently. One day politicians may learn If you offer incentives, benefits people will come by the millions. So their answer is pass a “Dream act” legalize millions of illegal aliens (DACA.) But they don’t want to separate families….. so add another 1-2 million. Same with theTPS program.

    JOBS-There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don’t have or will be in competition for.The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand DACA and TPS are not taking jobs Americans want (we’ve heard that lie for many years now.) There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college. So when you hear of the “contributions by illegal aliens paying taxes.” Remember that also is at a cost in jobs citizens should have. Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

    Democrats,MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it “Dreamers.”Democrats have actually changed the language. It’s not
    illegal alien anymore its “Immigrant.” They’re not adults, they are “Kids” or “children.” and no one seem to wonder why this obsession? future voters?

    “Some” of the costs associated with illegal immigration.

    *The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student. This doesn’t even reflect the millions and millions of dollars spent on bilingual education teaching illegal aliens to read and speak English. We’ve been paying this for decades

    *Currently state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported. California, Oregon, NY, Wash, Colorado are just some of the cities.

    *2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

    *30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison—U do the math.

    *$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

    *$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

    * Los Angeles County spent 1.3 Billion on AFDC (welfare)

    Shattered American Dreams.

    http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp

    Illegal Aliens/DACA Crimes

    http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/

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