I think it’s worth considering. It’s a start, it’s not a solution. Any more than Obamacare is a start on healthcare reform, and not a solution. And in fairness, Obamacare hasn’t really addressed the #1 problem with healthcare: cost.
Offering protections for Dreamers takes the most vulnerable out of the crossfire. And in context, current immigration enforcement trends is going to be as bad as everyone expects. I think there should be some considerations for parents of Dreamers, unless we plan on financially sponsoring them as wards of the state. Case-by-case basis, if the parents are working, paying taxes and raising a family, have no dangerous criminal record, and already on a pathway, leave them alone and let due process takes its course.
I don’t believe in the Wall. I do agree it’s more symbolic than practical, and it’s a waste of money. But it’s still a drop in the bucket compared to the $1T on a highly problematic JSF contract.
There has to be a fundamental truth to “if you are here illegally, you shouldn’t be here.” There has to be some value of law, within the parameters of the Constitution and human rights. If you steal food for your family, it’s still stealing. The store you stole from is still victimized by the crime. The store owner should expect some protection from law enforcement.
I understand the resistance to such a deal. After all, he did say he was going to target the murderers and rapists, but all I’ve been reading about is normal people being snitched on and rounded up for deportations, breaking apart families. A trend I don’t see changing. But I can’t put that all on Trump. Lest we forget the last President deported way more illegals than his last three predecessors combined. The current President is simply following a growing trend. He just seems to enjoy it more than the others. But any deal with the devil is still a deal with the devil. We can’t simply stonewall and hope we get a different devil in the next election cycle.
If we can take Dreamers off the table, and out of the crosshairs, then it’s a minor victory. Because, as of right now, everyone’s on the chopping block, including American citizens who even look like they might be illegals, and ICE isn’t slowing down to wait to see what the new policies are going to be.
And the fight doesn’t end with such a deal. It’s still just the beginning. I still support sanctuary cities. I still support judicial reviews. I still support efforts to promote human decency as we tackle illegal immigration.
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump is open to granting a path to citizenship to roughly 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children as part of immigration talks, a top White House aide reportedly told Republican staffers on Thursday.