How To Think Through The DREAMer Dilemma

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Open border activists have succeeded in getting a group of illegal aliens, AKA “Dreamers,” associated with the belief that they are innocent children brought into the country illegally through no fault of their own. Most Americans view this cohort more sympathetically than other illegal aliens and are willing to spare them from deportation. That is because of the focus on them as kids rather than as part of a family unit. Ironically, however,  the open borders crowd  also  insists on preserving family unity whenever deportation leads to a separation of family members.

Although some of the so-called “Dreamers” were brought into the country by a parent, anecdotal information suggests that it is common that many others either entered illegally on their own or were brought by smugglers paid by one or more parents residing here illegally. For those “Dreamers” who came on their own as teenagers and do not have parents here, they clearly should be treated the same as those a few years older who were not minors when they entered.

As DACA status for some 800,000 illegal aliens expires,  Democrats are pushing not merely for the DREAM Act, but also a general amnesty for all illegal aliens on grounds that anything less than a full amnesty would separate families.

Rather than trying to justify a program that that grants legal status to “Dreamers,” a rational immigration reform approach would insist on treating them as part of a family. All family members who are illegally in the country should be subject to deportation at the same time. If there are nuclear family members who are not deportable because they are U.S. citizens, they offer the possibility for the non-citizen family members to eventually gain legal immigration status if they are not ineligible.

The difficulty in gaining support for this approach is not just the opposition of the Democrats but also the position of businesses who do not want to lose their low-wage compliant workers. These interest groups have strong ties to the GOP, many of whom will be loath to support an immigration reform effort that emphasizes deportation. That is why it is important to reframe the so-called ‘Dreamers” as part of a family of uninvited and unwanted immigration scofflaws rather than as innocent bystanders.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

9 Comments

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    I’m a legal immigrant. I tought english to my family years after setting foot on a plane. I sold properties and invested all we had saved to come to the U.S. Legally. My 3 year old daughter already spoke english when on the plane. Me and my wife too. With my software engineering skills, I created a new startup here, investe a hundred thousand usd. On employees.R&D, hired people, leased an office, and we are still investimg In it.
    i am a dramer. i wave the american flag at home, I respect the president you voted for, and I respect veterans and value your history.

    Now, what I can say is that after all i’ve done, I am still on temporary residency and if my petition is not approved because they look at my startup as too small to do so, I may have to fire every employee and go back. Even though I invested a lot of money. (if thats a lot here, imagine in Argentina)

    Current immigration law punishes me, and rewards the illegal with little enforcement. And they even have the guts to burn american flags and disrespect the country they are in regardless their status.

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    I’m part Mexican But AMERICAN FIRST I SPEAK ENGLISH and I DONT WAVE A GD MEXICAN FLAG !!!! Peter U don’t know any Mexicans do U ? Most Have NO LOYALTY TO THE UNITED STATES THEY WONT ASSIMILATE ! THEY ARE COMING HERE TO REPLACE AMERICANS !!! I DONT APPRECIATE YOUR SNARKY COMMENTS U R A CLASSIC EDUCATED IDIOT WITH YOUR HEAD UP YOUR *** !!! ITS American Families FIRST !!!! WE HAVE A HOMELESS PANDEMIC IN CALIFORNIA AND ALL THE HOMELESS ARE AMERICANS NOT FOREIGNERS AND LIBERAL IDIOTS LIKE U !!! WE NEED TO PUT AMERICANS FIRST NOT LAST !!!! SO SAVE YOUR BS EXCUSES FOR PROMOTING SLAVERY AND GLOBALISM ,U CALL FIVE DOLLARS A DAY A WAGE ? THATS WHAT MEXICAN WOMEN ARE PAID IN THE MAQUILADORAS FOR 12 hour work days but OF COURSE THATS JUST FINE WITH LIBERALS LIKE U RIGHT ?????

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    The old saying is give em an inch and they will take a mile. Look no further than DACA. What have we heard for years about the number who would be granted it? 800,000. But now, when it looks like Trump could be willing to discuss it, the ante is being upped. As part of a package deal, a lot of Democrats are insisting that relatives overseas, not just those here, be given visas. A figure of 6 million is being proposed.

    So again, the left is never willing to bargain fairly and is always going to go for more. The answer should be this. You have insisted for years that they should be able to stay. OK, but you are going to have to give too. No parents eligible to stay and no relatives admitted. The border will be secured and immigration reduced. Otherwise no. Their continuing bad faith, empty promises, and constantly moving the goal line have taken away any presumption that they will deal honestly.

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    The realty of the means to the end is the same regard less on how they were brought here. You have a point to others crossing on their own not being part of DACA.

    However, trying to separate or intelectualize the essence of this matter. is meaningless.

    You are basically saying you never had parent s n family unity is not good for our land.Mist if these kids have Master’s degrees that places them above the average citizen already at their age for education n already vested here…..A FACT

    The American way is to fix this for the well being of everybody this land n the best future outcome: did u forget where we come from?

    Trump is correct, fix immigration reform having DACA being part of it.

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    Why they don’t understand that they are all illegals! came to this country like rats in the night. These people should be deported they committed a crime, why they don’t come the right way like others has done in the past. The government should step up once and for all and do something about all this the law is the law. We American are sick and tired of all this bull ****!

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    Amazing to me the amount of media interest in DACA’s. If I hear “through no fault of their own” one more time I’m going to scream! Here’s a thought; find and deport the people who are “at fault”, their parents. When Obama announced DACA our southern border was inundated with illegals. These foolish policies only promote more illegal entries. Now they want to provide them citizenship after they meet some “qualifications”. I’m sick of seeing the Mexican flag and signs in Spanish at these DACA protests and then being told they just want to be Americans. Our Congressional members better quit worrying about Obama’s DACA’s and start worrying about getting the things done they promised they could if we elected them.