Fate of the ‘Dreamers’

WASHINGTON — The Senate begins a rare, open-ended debate on immigration and the fate of the “Dreamer” immigrants on Monday, and Republican senators say they’ll introduce President Donald Trump’s plan. Though his proposal has no chance of passage, Trump may be the most influential voice in the conversation.

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3 Responses to Fate of the ‘Dreamers’

  1. anonymous says:

    With so many people supporting ‘Dreamers’, you would think an organization to link up sponsers for them would have already been done. If they become naturalized the LEGAL way, my objection is much less. If they apply just like any naturalized person to become legal and comply with the law – poof !

    Why are they working so hard to stay but not become U.S. citizens is my question.

    • rayvet says:

      Easy answer to your question. They have no intention/desire to assimilate. Therefore, no rush to be “official”. Plus citizens get far less given to them by Uncle Sam than non citizens so there’s always that. This country has made it too easy for people to be here and not be a part of the American way of life. It’s up to us average John Q citizens to make these non -assimilators feel “uncomfortable” living around or near us. The only way we’re going to solve this problem. Not relying on the government to do it.

    • Bacon says:

      Regarding the so-called “dreamers”, who are all illegal aliens, I agree with Rayvet. They need to leave and we, the citizens, need to take responsibility for decades of failed policies that lured them and allowed them to live here.

      However, regarding legal immigrants, there are several perfectly valid reasons why someone might choose to live their lives here but NOT become a citizen:
      1. They want to live in the greatest country in the world but retain a close connection to their home, and their home country has stupid laws that harm those who leave to live abroad.
      2. Honor thy father and thy mother. Some immigrants have parents who can accept a few decades apart but would be distraught or heartbroken to have their children leave “permanently”.
      3. They might have immigrated at an age where they are due a pension or other earned benefits from their country of origin and accepting foreign citizenship might cancel those payments.
      4. Or they might plan to work here for several decades, then retire to their country of origin to live with family there, in which case applying for citizenship here makes little sense.

      Yes, I know good people who fit into each of these categories. And none of this applies to “dreamers”, I’m talking about legal non-citizen greencard holders who love America, follow our laws, pay their taxes, contribute to our communities, and are economically productive. They are a tiny percentage of the total immigrant population, but if we’re going to accept immigrants at all, then there is no reason to penalize people who have valid reasons for not choosing citizenship, as long as their presence is a net benefit to our country.

      Ultimately, non-citizens are not our enemy. Our corrupt political class, which created our current problem with illegals, is the enemy. We failed to rein them in, now we are paying the price of that failure. Most of us have ancestors who immigrated within family memory and left loved ones back in the old country. Thus, almost anyone who knows their own family stories can understand this.

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