Congress must act to save Dreamers — Editorial

14 Septembre, 2017, 00:50 | Auteur: Phil Beauvilliers
  • Protest after announced repeal of DACA. Image Flickr  Harrie van Veen

"The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the country soared, from an estimated 5 million in 1986 to 11.1 million today". It blamed an ill-crafted amnesty provision and the absence of meaningful enforcement mechanisms.

Yet leverage-wise, it's unclear what the Democrats will gain by pushing the DACA debate to the future.

Obama proved to be more aggressive than Bush.

On Wednesday, a group of Democratic attorneys-general filed the multi-state lawsuit to block Mr Trump's latest immigration policy and maintain the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme. They say former president Barack Obama's DACA program was unconstitutional. In the letter, they also point out that the U.S. could lose about $24.6 billion dollars in social security and Medicare tax contributions.

For perhaps the first time, I find myself in agreement with President Trump. His decision to force the Congress to do what it is constitutionally authorized to do-pass immigration legislation-was legally sound and procedurally commendable. That may help the administration skirt a challenge based on the revocation of permits, as expirations were allowed for in the original implementation.

"Other than the pressure of the holidays, that logic escapes me", said Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyHow the New South became a swing region Three dead after violent clashes at white nationalist rally House Democrats call for transparency in Trump's deregulatory panels MORE (D-Va.).

Gutierrez warned that the delay not only risks alienating Hispanics, it also has practical effects for the hundreds of thousands of DACA enrollees.

The lawyers note that most DACA recipients are of Mexican origin and devote a whole section to inflammatory statements Trump has made about Mexicans, including his attacks on a federal judge of Mexican descent. He was seething that his pleas to move on the issue immediately went ignored.

But as Sanders indicated, where is the compassion for those who have been displaced from the workforce by the Dreamers? She pointed out that "there are over 4 million unemployed Americans in the same age group [as the Dreamers]". These young people, 8,000 of them in Connecticut, trusted the government and now are betrayed. Only 15 percent in a recent Politico/Morning Consult poll said the Dreamers should be deported.

"Terminating their employment eligibility runs contrary to the President's goal of growing the US economy", he said. While empathy is a virtue for those who deal with pastoral issues, it is not a sufficient attribute for governing.

"Please tell me the difference between a Republican Paul RyanPaul RyanThis week: Harvey aid at top of long to-do list as Congress returns The Memo: Trump faces critical fall Week ahead in finance: Lawmakers brace for high-stakes September MORE [saying], 'I feel so sorry, I'm so sympathetic to their cause, ' and a Democrat saying, 'I'm so sorry, I feel so sympathetic to their cause' - when neither one of them does anything to resolve the problem", Gutierrez said.

In the House, the American Hope Act co-sponsored by 138 Democrats would codify DACA; in the Senate, the bipartisan Dream Act is co-sponsored by Sen. It adds that "Mr. Trump signaled his willingness to sign such a bill".

That small statement is why illegal immigrants want DACA to stay around for a long, long time. Agreed. And if this does happen, it will be because Trump forced Congress to do its job.