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Should DREAMers be given a path to citizenship?

President Trump said he is open to letting DREAMers—undocumented immigrants brought here as children—"morph into" citizens so long as Democrats agree to restrict legal immigration. 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. What do you think?

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Congress has been struggling for months to find a permanent solution to DACA, and President Trump isn't making it any easier. Trump has said he'd be open to letting DREAMers "morph into" citizens in exchange for stricter legal immigration laws and border security funding. But Ezra Klein of Vox argues Trump isn't actually interested in a DACA solution, but rather using DACA recipients as a bargaining chip to get other things.

Trump created a crisis for DREAMers — all this began when he unilaterally decided to end the DACA program — and then refused the obvious compromises that could have fixed it. Now he is threatening a veto of the likeliest bipartisan compromises in the Senate.  
The truth is, Trump doesn’t want a DACA solution. He is willing to accept a DACA solution in return for other things he wants — notably, heavy investments in border security and a large cut in legal immigration
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Many Senators have not been happy with Trump's tactics.

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Hardliners like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are outraged that a path to citizenship is even on the table.

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Even Trump himself 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 Republicans support a pathway to citizenship as a permanent solution to DACA.

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A Pew poll found 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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