Should undocumented DREAMers be allowed to stay in the U.S.? | The Tylt
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.