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Should DREAMers be given a path to citizenship?
President Trump recently said he is open to letting DREAMers (undocumented immigrants brought here as children) "morph into" citizens. Advocates argue these children had no choice in coming to the United States and should therefore not be punished. Many of these kids are valuable members of the community. But immigration hardliners argue the government should not show leniency to those who break the law. Even if it was not the child's choice, their parents came here illegally. What do you think?
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President Trump recently said DACA recipients—undocumented immigrants brought here as children—should "not be worried" because his immigration plan will allow them to "morph into" citizens at some point in the future.

"Tell them not to worry. We are going to solve the problem. It's up to the Democrats, but they should not be worried," Trump said to reporters before leaving for Switzerland on Wednesday evening.
"We're going to morph into it. It's going to happen,," Trump said. "At some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years," DACA recipients could become citizens, he said.
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Some view this as Trump supporting a pathway to citizenship.

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But Trump has a confusing history when it comes to DREAMers and a pathway to citizenship. Back in 2015, Trump attacked his primary opponents Ben Carson and Jeb Bush for being "weak on illegal immigration" because they said they supported a pathway to citizenship.

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On the other hand, Trump has voiced support for DREAMers, who he has called "educated and accomplished young people."

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Many Senators praised Trump's comments, and support a pathway to citizenship as a permanent solution to DACA.

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According to a Pew poll, a majority of Americans believe undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay. The problem is in the details—it's hard to reach a consensus about what exactly should be done. 

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But immigration hardliners are angered that Trump has softened on immigration, referring to him as "Amnesty Don."

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Immigration hardliners argue there should be no exceptions. Allowing DREAMers to stay would be unfair to those who wait for years to get through the official immigration process.

If we are going to amnesty an entire class of people, it should obviously be done through the democratic process and, in our view, happen only in exchange for reforms to the immigration system.

This is not about the children. It's about the law. According to 10 state attorneys who are filing a lawsuit against the U.S. government, former President Obama illegally gave those in the DACA program amnesty. That's not within the president's power.

"The point of DACA was to use them as an advertising gimmick," says Mark Krikorian, with the Center for Immigration Studies, an organization that lobbies for tighter controls on immigration."Here are these sympathetic young people," he says. "Been here since they were 3 months old, don't speak enough Spanish to order at Taco Bell, valedictorians, signed up for the Marine Corps. It was a marketing tactic."
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