Should DREAMers be allowed to stay in the U.S.?
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Should DREAMers be allowed to stay in the U.S.?

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Protesters across the country are demanding lawmakers pass a "clean" DREAM Act to ensure immigrants brought to the U.S. as children are protected after the Trump administration chose to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Opponents of DACA argue the government should not provide amnesty to anyone who broke the law—even if they were kids. But activists say it's cruel to punish fully-integrated individuals who had no choice in coming to the United States. What do you think?

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House Democrats are threatening to oppose the year-end spending bill if it doesn't include protection for DREAMers, and protesters have taken to the streets to demand the same of their lawmakers.

Immigration activists argue it is wrong to deport individuals who had no choice in coming to the United States. Those protected by the DACA program were brought here as children. Over time, they've built their entire lives in the United States and have become fully integrated, tax-paying adults. It is unfair to pull the rug out from underneath these individuals, especially when they've done nothing wrong.

In the past, President Trump expressed sympathy for DREAMers and pledged they had nothing to worry about.

Yet Trump declined to revoke the DACA protections Obama had granted to more than 750,000 undocumented immigrants, repeatedly saying he had a soft spot for these young people who are leading productive lives and have few, if any, ties to the countries of their birth."They shouldn't be very worried," he told ABC News in January. "I do have a big heart."

The lives of roughly 800,000 people hang in the balance depending on what happens to DACA. The program allows people to live a life without fear that everything can be taken away from them at any moment. These people are just as American as everyone else:

"I'm no less American than anyone who was born in this country. I've never committed a crime, I pay my taxes, we follow the law and all we want is to stay and contribute to the country that has given so much to us."
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But 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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