First off, before I get into the meat of this, let me say I despise the term “Dreamers”. It’s political propaganda designed to make people feel bad for trying to examine the actual issue. It’s an emotional plea that seeks to make that emotion the only requirement we look at. I’m against such things. This is a real issue, with real people, and it deserves more than a catch phrase or trademarked title. It can even stop people from understanding just what people we are talking about. In this case, the left’s use of the term has actually backfired. It’s taken an issue most people would likely agree with them on and turned them against it because, well, people aren’t as dumb as politicians think they are and they know propaganda when they see it. They know when they are being messaged.
So, what IS a so-called “Dreamer”? They are, “…young people brought into the country illegally as children by their undocumented parents.” Which makes them illegal aliens as well as their parents and under current laws subject to deportation. The issue surrounding them is this, they had no choice in coming here and in many (perhaps most) cases they have lived their entire lives as Americans and know no other country. Put yourself in their shoes. You are a baby, your parents enter the US illegally to give you a better life, to keep you safe from the cartels and the economic ruin they see going on in their own country. You grow up in America. Your go to school in America. Your friends are American. You Marry. Have children of your own perhaps. But all this time, you are still not a citizen because of what your parents did and what you had no say in.
They Are Already Americans
It seems utterly reasonable to me that these people, some still children, some adults now, should not be treated the same way as those who chose to come here illegally. I have heard some people say, “well, the parents should have known. They knew they were illegal.” Sure, they should have, maybe did. But the child they brought with them didn’t. Why should we punish a child for the sins of the parent? We should not. You can call it amnesty if you want, I know that word has a dirty connotation for some on the right; for me, I have no issue giving people who, for all intents and purposes have been Americans all their lives a simple nod that we all recognize that fact.
However, this isn’t automatic. It depends on the amount of time spent in the US. A child who is 5 years old and been here a year isn’t the same as one who is 16 and been here since they were 5. In the case of a young child it makes sense to send them back with their parents if deportation is the thing decided on. While it may not seem fair, it seems to me that for the child who has lived their entire lives in America that you can’t deport their parents and allow them to stay and it isn’t fair to deport them, so the parents get to stay. I can imagine some criteria for this such as being employed, learning English (yes that’s important), some say paying a fine, or doing community service. It just seems reasonable in these cases that something can and should be done to keep the family together and keep the kid, who has lived here all their life, here. For me, even though there is at the heart of this scenario an illegal act it is a nonviolent one and the only “harm” is suspected harm.
I am sure many will disagree with me on this and say “send them all home!” I just can’t fully support that point of view. It really doesn’t make sense to me and doesn’t seem to serve anyone well. After all, these are people who have actually assimilated into American life because they have lived here most of their young lives. Their parents, through the child, now have strong ties to America as well. Home is going to be where the children go to school, have friends, attend prom, and church, and work.
I am strongly in favor of nations having borders and in protecting those borders. I’m for a sensible immigration policy and assimilation into the prevalent culture. I’m also for building a very secure wall to keep out illegal immigrants.
I’m also strongly in favor of legal immigration AND in favor of admitting that those who came here illegally and have peacefully lived among us for decades have shown they want to be here and can be here without disruption to our society.
It’s time we act reasonably when it comes to immigration. The right wants to keep them all out and the left wants to let them all it. Neither are good, workable, or realistic solutions to an age-old problem. We need to stop considering this issue by its extremes and focus on being sensible at long last. There is a way to be inviting and secure. It’s actually not too difficult. The problem is – and I really believe this – no one in the political party system actually wants to be sensible about it.
Donald Trump’s top aides are pushing him to protect young people brought into the country illegally as children — and then use the issue as a bargaining chip for a larger immigration deal — despite the president’s campaign vow to deport so-called Dreamers.