Let’s take a look at DACA and what it means amid all the noise in the media.
For background, this was another issue that failed leadership the past three administrations have failed to address. They papered over it and passed it on. Just like North Korea and Iran.
What’s the issue? People come into the country illegally, establish lives, and then decide it’s a crime to ask them to leave. So they break the U.S. laws to come in, and decide we are cruel if we say leave and come here legally. Now with DACA that goes one step further. It involves the children of those who came illegally, but were not born here. They say the U.S. is all we know. The DACA individuals can be up to 36 years old.
Here is the definition of DACA:
To qualify for DACA, applicants must meet the following major requirements: Came to the United States before their 16th birthday. Have lived continuously in the United States since 15 June 2007. Were under age 31 on 15 June 2012 (i.e., born on 16 June 1981 or after).
Now the Dream Act was proposed in 2001 in Congress and didn’t pass. It was brought up a few additional times, including a big push in 2010 and failed again. In 2014 after years of saying he didn’t have the power to do it alone, President Obama, by Executive Order authorized this:
He would defer the deportation of the parents of children who are either U.S. citizens or legal residents, and that he also would expand that protection to more “DREAMers,” or children who entered the country illegally with their parents. He said it was not amnesty, because it did not provide a path to legalization.
So the issue passed to President Trump, who campaigned on stopping illegal immigration.
What he did yesterday was tell Congress they had six months to solve the issue. An issue that since 2001 congress has not agreed upon. Trump was portrayed by the media, and in the streets, as anti dreamers. He was presented as heartless and wanting to deport people. He actually didn’t say that and in our opinion does not intend to do that. He said congress must solve this once and for all. He took a tough stand, we think, to force a decision on an issue we have failed to address.
We think he did that to negotiate an agreement. In his mind he would allow dreamers to stay if congress would provide the funds to crack down on illegal immigration and begin building the wall.
When the protests began and the media went after him, he actually gave up his bargaining position as we see it. Late in the night he said, if congress fails to decide this in six months “I will revisit” it. I think he is learning that “dealing” in government is far different than business. The coverage and media coverage change how you take a stand.
So what happens now? Congress will hem and haw as always and the battle lines will be drawn. Those on the left will call conservatives heartless, mean, and say they want to separate families. Those on the right will say we need to get control of our borders or we will cease to be a country. The media will choose its side and the left will be all over the streets protesting. You already see big city mayors saying they will protect the dreamers. Even the Catholic Church took that position. They make Trump look mean, and again we think he was simply trying to take a position to negotiate.
Will they reach a solution? We think they will be forced to, but not before each side gets all they can from the issue.
Our solution is the one we provided at the outset of the 2016 Presidential Campaign.
1. Dreamers who have not committed a crime and are assets to society must register and go on the list to become citizens. They can stay here and on that list as long as they do not commit a crime.
2. They go on the bottom of the list. You cannot be rewarded with priority citizenship over people who have done it right. You go on the list as you register.
3. As part of this we must build a means to protect our borders and control who comes in. Not stop immigration, but control our nations borders and influx.