There is perhaps no greater example of why the wheels of politics move so slowly and why nothing of great importance ever gets done in our government than examining the current debate on the DACA Dreamers. If members from both sides of the political aisle would spend less time lying and spinning the political facts and more time having honest and realistic debate, this problem could easily be solved. The sad fact is that most partisans are more committed to their political ideology than they are to truth and reason; therefore maintaining the sacredness of a political talking point takes priority over actually solving a problem. So let’s take an honest and realistic examination of the subject and arrive at a reasonable and logical solution.
First, let’s stop the false narrative that Democrats are in favor of securing our borders and their only motive for helping illegal immigrants is because they are the great humanitarians of humanity. This is pure nonsense and everyone in Washington knows it. Democrats want as many immigrants as possible flooding into our country because they see them as the greatest potential voting bloc in order for them to gain and retain political power. Why do you think the Democratic Party has completely abandoned the black population in America? Because the Latino population has surpassed the black population in terms of numbers and studies have shown Latinos are more likely to cast votes over blacks. Immigrants are seen as potential votes to Democrats and nothing more. While I understand that Democrats can’t publicly make this admission, they can stop their phony protestations on the subject and start being cooperative.
On the Republican/Conservative side let’s stop acting like Dreamers are great criminals who snuck into our country illegally in order to take advantage of welfare benefits; this is simply not true. The vast majority of Dreamers were babies and young children when they were brought here by family members; they were not complicit in the act of violating our borders. Amnesty is given to people who have committed crimes and I’m sorry but it is foolish to accuse two year olds of committing crimes. It is also unproductive and nonsensical to say that they should have applied for citizenship over the course of their lives so therefore they are guilty. While this could be argued as technically true, the political empathy during their lifetime made citizenship application a non-issue for them. Their situations were fostered by government inaction and political agendas for decades. Also, let’s stop acting like there is any chance in the world that we are going to deport two million dreamers; it’s never going to happen nor should it. They have spent their entire lives living in this country, with the consent of our government, and it would be inhumane to simply throw them out.
The cry of many conservatives that if Donald Trump makes a deal with Democrats to give a path of citizenship to Dreamers is a betrayal of conservative principles is childish and absurd. There is no more of a staunch conservative than myself but I am not heartless and unrealistic. Dreamers are not criminals and they should not be treated as such. They are also not citizens and therefore they should not be treated as such. It must be emphasized that illegal immigrants acted with the approval and even support of multiple Congresses and administrations. Our laws were not enforced and Latinos were even encouraged to illegally enter our country by the Obama administration and others. I would even argue that our government has more criminal culpability than the Dreamers do. So what do we do?
- Stop the petty bickering and have an honest conversation. Leave your political talking points behind. Keep in mind that real lives are hanging in the balance. The Dreamers are going nowhere so something has to be done to put an end to this decades long problem that our government created.
- We need to secure our borders. The Democrats must give up their dream of an endless supply of voters entering our country and try to win elections by winning the votes of people through the persuasion of selling a vision. Unfortunately the only political idea the Democratic Party has had in 50 years is, “Vote for us because we’ll take other people’s money and give it to you.” The President has the right to establish immigration policy; if you don’t like it, win the next election.
- A path to citizenship is the only reasonably approach to take. Any argument against this solution is based solely upon a blind adherence to political talking points and is not based in reason and reality. The path should include no government handouts and should require an automatic deportation if certain crimes are committed. Dreamers should have their citizenship applications put behind everyone who has been legally waiting for years for their citizenship to be considered this way they don’t get preferential treatment over those who have been seeking legal status by following our laws.
The current plan that President Trump is espousing may not be perfect but it is clearly the best one that is being proposed. The Democrat opposition to this plan is two-fold. First, it entails actual border security and they don’t really want that regardless of what they say publicly. Second, Donald Trump is hijacking their talking point and he, a Republican President, would get the credit for solving the immigration dilemma and they can’t allow that to happen. Any Republican opposition would be based upon a blind adherence to no amnesty, to no person, for no reason. The Dreamers are a unique group of people and therefore require a unique solution. This should be an easy fix but in order to do so only adults should be allowed in the room. Are there enough adults in Washington to fill a small room; I’m not sure.