Should undocumented DREAMers be allowed to stay in the U.S.? | The Tylt
Despite President Trump's reassurances, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have deported a "DREAMer," who was protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Immigration hardliners say the government should not give amnesty to any immigrant who broke U.S. law by coming here illegally—even if they were children. Immigration activists say it is cruel to deport fully integrated individuals who had no choice in coming to the United States. What do you think?
Should undocumented DREAMers be allowed to stay in the U.S.?
Immigration activists say it is unfair to deport those who had no choice in coming to the U.S. Those protected by the DACA program came here as children. Over time, they've built their entire lives in the United States and have become fully integrated tax-paying adults. It's unfair to pull the rug 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."
Immigration hardliners say 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. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said in 2013:
"We are not supposed to punish the children for the sins of the parents. But similarly, we probably shouldn't reward the children for the sins of the parents," Kobach said.
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