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Sprinkles from the Left

A vast majority of Democrats support a pathway to U.S. citizenship for dreamers who pass a background check (83%; Public Opinion Strategies; March 2021)

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  • On Tuesday we celebrate DACA’s ninth anniversary. This extraordinarily successful policy has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of young “Dreamers” by making them eligible for work authorization and providing a measure of protection from deportation. This anniversary must propel Congress to finally pass the permanent legislative protections that would give Dreamers the opportunity to earn citizenship – so that they can live their lives with true certainty, free from fear…

    It is long past time for Congress to come together and pass permanent protections for these young people. The majority of Americans agree. Until that happens, we in the Department of Homeland Security will continue to exercise our discretion as the law provides and deliver some measure of relief, however tenuous it may be…

    The opportunity to earn citizenship was vital to my success in this country, and today it is my highest honor to be able to serve my country as the secretary of Homeland Security. Citizenship made this possible for me, and my own story is not so different from that of the many young people who hold DACA right now. It is long past time for them to be able to earn citizenship, too.

    Alejandro Mayorkas is the secretary of Homeland Security. He led the development and implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2012. (Published in USA Today)

    Marking the ninth anniversary of the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has given hundreds of thousands of young immigrants the chance to pursue their dreams in the United States, June 15 was a day of pride and reflection on the immense value of Dreamers in the United States.

    However, June 15 also marked another year of frustration and uncertainty.

    After nine years, Congress has yet to enact legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, despite broad, bipartisan support among voters for a solution

    For the sake of our communities, families, and economy, we cannot meet another DACA creation anniversary, let alone another day, without Congress passing legislation that would provide an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers…

    Multiple solutions are already on the table. In March, in a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House passed the American Dream and Promise Act, which would open a pathway to citizenship to Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status holders, and other undocumented immigrants.

    Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate is considering the Dream Act, another bipartisan bill that would protect Dreamers. Yet, Congress remains locked in an endless debate while immigrants’ lives hang in the balance.

    Enough is enough — the ninth anniversary of DACA must be its last without an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers from Congress.

    Marissa Molina, Colorado state immigration director for FWD.us (Published in The Colorado Sun)

    Sprinkles from the Right

    A majority of Republicans support a pathway to U.S. citizenship for dreamers who pass a background check (53%; Public Opinion Strategies; March 2021)

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    One place to start is DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Americans who favor a path to citizenship for those brought here as children, known as “dreamers,” are not advocating open borders. They just recognize that young men and women who grew up in the United States, and who never knew any other place as home, are fundamentally American. And they ought not be punished for choices made by their parents…

    As for the millions of undocumented men and women currently living in the United States, a grant of amnesty would be fundamentally unfair to those who came legally or are still waiting their turn to become citizens. But undocumented immigrants should be brought out of the shadows through a gradual process in which legal residency and citizenship must be earned, as for anyone else applying for the privilege. Requirements should include proof of work history, payment of a fine and back taxes, English proficiency and knowledge of U.S. history and civics, and a clean background check… Over the years, our instincts have always tended toward fairness and generosity. The reward has been generations of grateful, hard-working, self-reliant, patriotic Americans who came here by choice.

    If we trust those instincts in the current debate, then bipartisan reform is possible. And we will again see immigration for what it is: not a problem and source of discord, but a great and defining asset of the United States.

    George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States (Published in WaPo – $)

    Democrats want to use the possible loss of DACA to pass a much wider amnesty for all illegal immigrants who enter the country illegally as minors. This would include those who entered the country up to Jan. 1 of this year, more than nine years after DACA’s existing 2012 cutoff.

    Facing a probable court decision that will take legal protections away from current DACA beneficiaries, [GOP Sens.] Cornyn and Tillis have asked Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, to schedule a hearing on narrow legislation that would grant permanent legal protections only to current DACA recipients.

    This was not enough for Durbin, who told reporters he was “disappointed” in the Republican offer and declined to schedule such a hearing…

    Now that the Democrats have rejected Republicans’ honest effort to protect current DACA recipients, it is clear that it is the Democrats’ desire to use DACA recipients as cover to achieve maximum amnesty that is to blame for any loss of protection for DACA recipients.

    Conn Carroll, Washington Examiner