Washington Post Wants Congress To Protect “Dreamers” From Trump

Washington Post Wants Congress To Protect “Dreamers” From Trump

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This would be a case of “fake news”, per the media’s definition, which involves scaremongering and hysteria

It’s up to Congress to protect ‘dreamers’ from deportation

WHEN THE Obama administration established a program in 2014 for “dreamers” — young undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children by their parents — the deal was simple: They would register with the Department of Homeland Security and submit to a background check. If their records were clean and they met certain criteria, they would receive work permits and be shielded from deportation on a two-year, renewable basis.

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This was another in a long set of Obama overreaches, doing something that was legally dubious, if not utterly against the Constitution. Expect that if Trump tries something in the same vein, the Washington Post Editorial Board will have a snit fit.

Since then, some 750,000 people have registered for the program, known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and most are studying or working in this country, leading peaceable and productive lives. Yet along with feeling relief and gratitude for having been offered a reprieve, and a way out of the shadows, many feel nervous — and for good reason. Will President-elect Donald Trump, who has threatened to deport all illegal immigrants, use information they willingly gave the federal government, including addresses, to track them down and deport them?

Trump hasn’t threatened to do this specifically, hence, fake news (yes, yes, it’s on the opinion pages, but, really, there’s not a lot of daylight between the news and opinion nowadays.)

That, says Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would be “the worst outcome.” He’s right. What possible advantage would be gained by targeting and tracking down this group of immigrants, who grew up in the United States, attended American high schools, live thoroughly American lives and in many cases have no memory of any other country?

Here’s the problem: so many of these same “Dreamers” have been demanding, Demanding!!!! that the United States give them money, schooling, free college, healthcare, and be made citizens. Not asking. Demanding. Yet, many of them are out there flying the flags of their country, particularly Mexico, and slamming the US. We don’t owe them a thing. Nothing. Zip. One would think they would be humble and conciliatory and use the word “please”.

Immigration hard-liners will regard Mr. Graham’s bill as amnesty; it is nothing of the sort. He is proposing neither citizenship nor indefinite legal status for dreamers; rather, he would simply allow them to continue leading the lives they have made for themselves in this country, to which they were brought through no fault of their own.

And, along with that, what we’ve gotten and will get are two things. First, the parents who brought them will of course have to stay, because we can’t separate the kids from the parents, even though it is acknowledged within DACA that the parents are at fault. And, of course, all the relatives have to come, too.

Second, this further incents people to come to the U.S. illegally and demand they be given amnesty (it is amnesty). Unless the bill cracks down heavily on those who would come illegally now, we’ll continue to have this problem. And, based on past performance, the bill won’t.

Mr. Trump has promised to repeal Mr. Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including the one from which dreamers have benefited. He is empowered to do so. Similarly, Congress is entitled to pass legislation that would lift the threat of deportation from a cohort of young, promising and energetic immgirants who will be a benefit to this country and its economic prospects for decades to come.

Cool. The economic prospects of taking jobs from actual American citizens. Let’s face it, if Congress does pass something legalizing DACA, the next step for liberals like the WPEB is to make sure that these people can vote. Because they’ll vote Democrat. And that’s the ultimate endpoint.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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