The temporary executive order dubbed “DACA” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals —has resulted in another buzzword for the constantly changing immigration landscape: “The Dreamers.” It signifies non-U.S. citizens who arrived in the United States as children of undocumented immigrants and who are, therefore, technically, themselves “illegal immigrants,” even though they played no conscious role in coming to the U.S. Unlike so called “anchor babies,” born in the United States with the benefit of full citizenship, dreamers do not gain automatic citizenship.
From President Donald J. Trump via Instagram:
The DACA Dreamers
In effect, I am not going to just cut DACA off, but rather provide a window of opportunity for Congress to finally act.
As I said before, we will resolve the DACA issue with heart and compassion-but through the lawful Democratic process-while at the same time ensuring that any immigration reform we adopt provides enduring benefits for the American citizens we were elected to serve.
We must also have heart and compassion for unemployed, struggling and forgotten Americans. — President Trump
The mere reference tugs at my heart. These innocents are in the middle of a complex set of laws and issues that can be solved only by legally separating them from the greater group.
Last evening, I sat watching the television news. It wasn’t long before the mixed messages began to induce a mild, gnawing headache. Inundating the news were images of protestors upset with the president’s decision to allow former President Obama’s DACA arrangement to expire.
Clearly, most of the people protesting are advocates for a race-, cultural-, religious-, and origin-blinded society. Intermittently during the same program, video of the protests paused for commercial breaks. Frequently, the advertisements were those encouraging us all to get our DNA tested so that we can be more a part of the culture we were meant to be. And, perhaps along the way, we might even discover some blood relatives who don’t want to be found or ones we would soon wish we never knew. Oddly enough, as I watched, it felt like polar messages coming from the same group.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are 12 million illegals currently living in the United States. The same bureau estimates that, without any legislative changes, the current rate of immigrant flow across the borders will increase our population from the current 320 million to more than 500 million.
Do we have resources for this kind of population explosion? That’s certainly something to think about. However, to me, the DACA Dreamers are a sub-set of evolved circumstances that has become an altogether different issue.
The number of “Dreamers” is said to be just under 800,000. The age for DACA individuals is 15-36 years, with the average age about 25 years. These aren’t babies. For the most part, “Dreamers” are law-abiding, educated, or working individuals who identify with no other country but the United States. As the most vetted group of individuals in our country’s history, it is hard to argue that these young people are anything but Americans. Nonetheless, we are a nation of laws, and the current legislation does not — nor has it ever — legally recognize these fine individuals as anything but illegal.
Don’t kid yourself: Obama and his congress and senate did not bother to make this vulnerable group legal citizens. Yet, when the camera turns toward these politicians, they accuse Trump of being a cold man with White Supremacist leanings. These accusations are absurd as a response to the DACA temporary order signed by then-President Obama, an order that expired on September 5, 2017. Ironically, the order was previously ruled unconstitutional in a Texas court. In the Supreme Court, the case ended in a tie decision that ultimately reverted it back to the Texas lower-court ruling.
Why in the world does the media — and, to a certain extent, the American voters — allow these politicians to so bombastically manipulate and lie their way to a self-imposed supremacy based on a glass-house of falsehoods? The Obama administration knew by design that DACA would implode. In fact, the entire United States Congress and Senate, Democrats and Republicans alike, knew DACA would expire, and yet the self-righteous jerks didn’t do a blasted thing about it.
George W. Bush tried but couldn’t get the lazy numbskulls to pass a proper piece of legislation concerning immigration or “Dreamers.” I’m sure the “Dreamers” are scared senseless. After all, their entire future rests in the control of a governmental body that rarely shows up to work and never reaches an agreement on any proposal that affects the masses (e.g., healthcare and tax reform).
It’s heartbreaking for the “Dreamers,” but we also need a comprehensive immigration bill as a rule of law. I can’t stress enough: Dreamers are different and should be treated separately from the larger illegal-immigrant population. The lack of appropriate immigration legislation primarily negatively impacts two groups: naturalized American citizens and “Dreamers” — two groups of people who receive only empathetic rhetoric day after day from politicians in front of cameras. As you all know, the caring stops when the camera goes dark!Listen to the Podcast Here…