'Dreamers' vexed by Democrats' strategy on DACA protection

Sunday, 28 Jan, 2018

"That's a sticking point for Democrats".

For starters: People are opposed to shutdowns in general.

Some so-called Dreamers told News 12 that they were upset that Congress approved a temporary spending bill to end the government shutdown without a deal on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. While plenty of Democrats will applaud this stance, I believe it is a mistake.

Is this a win for Democrats or more weakness?

This is the legacy that Trump, McCarthy and the Republican Party shall leave behind (along with some centrist Democrats).

"All Senators who voted to reopen the government without protections for Dreamers effectively voted to fund our deportations", Quinonez said.

Congress is giving itself less than three weeks to begin serious consideration of how to deal with young people now living in the country under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn hinted at what Republicans and the president could propose in a new immigration deal on the Hill on Wednesday, telling reporters that if Congress wants a bipartisan solution for DACA recipients, Republicans will want something close to a 10-year appropriation for a U.S. -Mexico border wall and security funding.

The DACA program has been politicized.

The activists said they didn't trust Republican leaders' promises to hold an immigration debate in February.

Nearly half of Republicans say they care personally at least somewhat about the "Dreamers", but that is lower than the nearly two-thirds of independents and the nearly nine in ten Democrats who do.

Today, 143 organizations and bipartisan elected leaders - including Republican Mayor Fetick of Kennett Square and the mayors of West Chester, Philadelphia, Allentown and Pittsburgh - as well as faith leader sent a public letter to the Pennsylvania congressional delegation, urging the elected officials to pass the Dream Act by January 19. "We will make a long-term deal on immigration if, and only if, it is good for our country". Almost half of Republicans want to decrease legal immigration, too. Most Americans seem to favor one.

The blame should land on Republicans, UW junior Eric Schumacher said.

Almost three-fifths of Republicans (59%) want illegal immigrants in general to be required to leave the country.

Likewise, a majority of voters support DACA and even want to strengthen it; a poll shows that 58 percent of voters say that Dreamers should be allowed to stay and become citizens if they meet certain requirements. Another 14% in each party would allow illegal immigrants to stay in the US but not have a path to citizenship. But for immigrant youths, the threat of deportation is real and imminent. A full 81 percent of the 3,450 American adults surveyed said it was unacceptable for the president or members of Congress to threaten a shutdown in order to achieve their goals. But he says the courts agree with him that a DACA solution should be the responsibility of Congress, not the president.

When it came to casting blame for the shutdown, people were more divided. "The Dems have just learned that a Shutdown is not the answer!" USA taxpayers will get stuck with the bill for a wall that neither party's leadership believes is necessary or feasible.

Trump announced he was ending DACA a year ago, but has given Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.