Should undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as kids be allowed to stay? | The Tylt
Should undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as kids be allowed to stay?
Immigration activists say it is unfair to deport those who had no choice in coming to the United States. 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 out from underneath these individuals, especially when they've done nothing wrong.
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."
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.
Other argue 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."