Opinion: Separate DACA from DREAM Act – and put immigration enforcement first

An op-ed writer says there are key differences in DACA and the proposed DREAM Act. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

D.A. King is president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society, which advocates for enforcement of immigration laws.

In this piece, King responds to a blog last week about a letter to Congress from national educational leaders beseeching Congress to provide permanent stability for young people with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA status.

By D.A. King

In her education blog a few days ago, Maureen Downey wrote about a letter to Congress from school leaders including Georgia charter school leader and former Cobb state Rep. Alisha Morgan asking that illegal aliens with executive amnesty through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals be given a path to U.S. citizenship.

She cites passage of  the proposed DREAM Act as a solution to making Americans of people brought here illegally as children by their parents. This argument creates an “apples and oranges” conversation. It is important to note the difference between DACA, an executive action under President Obama, and the amnesty outlined in the language of any possible federal DREAM  Act — the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act.

According to a September United States Citizenship and Immigration Services report, there are 689,800 illegal aliens with DACA status, with 21,600 of them living in Georgia. Congressional amnesty for those 689,800 DACA recipients is far different from passage of current versions of the DREAM Act, which, according to the Migration Policy Institute, could provide legalization for more than three million illegal aliens, far more than the “one-time” Republican amnesty of 1986. (Approved under President Ronald Reagan, the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act gave a pathway to citizenship to 2.7 million undocumented people.)

The DREAM Act has failed in Congress several times since it was cooked up in 2001 because of the duplicity of its authors in hiding its true intent and the fact it was a rerun of  1986. It will be much more difficult to trick the American public on immigration amnesty again.

That said, it would make a lot of people happy to see a bargain on real enforcement for a limited, conditional, truly one-time legislative event that would grant legalization to a portion of  “the children” (some of whom are now 36-years-old) who have already registered for Obama’s DACA program — and that limited group only.

One of the lessons of the 1986 amnesty is that nobody here illegally – of any age and no matter how they got here – should ever again be rewarded with U.S. citizenship. Neither should they ever be allowed to sponsor their parents or other family members for naturalization or admittance into the United States.

The obvious but mostly unpublicized danger of allowing a Congressional DACA amnesty “for the children” is that even now, illegal aliens are flowing over the border with children in tow. Are we to have an amnesty “for the children” every decade or so?

To deter the sure-to-come illegal rush of additional of victims of borders seeking the next “dreamer” amnesty, any consideration of legalization for DACA recipients should be well after legislation has been passed, funding appropriated and significant progress has been made on implementation of badly needed nationwide work-place verification (E-Verify), true border security – including President Trump’s promised border barrier – increased interior immigration enforcement and the biometric system to monitor the departure of temporary visa holder’s departure from the U.S. which is already law, but not practice.

About half of the illegal aliens now present in our nation did not come here illegally. They came on temporary visas and never intended to leave as promised. The Department of Homeland Security reports that last year alone, 629,000 visa holders overstayed their visas as students, workers or tourists.

All weeping and howling that we must grant amnesty and citizenship to “the children” – and that we must never “break up families” — should be met with  educated and obvious reality.  In addition to the children being brought over our borders illegally right now, last week, next week and next year, parents of the potential 2027 push “for the children” amnesty are flouting the fact their tourist visa to visit Disney World expired while they enroll their now illegal alien anchors in the American school system.

More reality is that many of DACA recipients are protesting in American streets demanding an end to any immigration enforcement. Waving signs that read “ICE OUT OF GEORGIA –NOT ONE MORE DEPORTATION!” does little for their amnesty cause among mainstream America.

Reality should matter on immigration and amnesty.

 

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ArturoK
ArturoK

As this writer makes clear it isn't only the border, we must also fix the massive visas overstay problem. And never give citizenship for illegals.

LaToyaHill
LaToyaHill

Before anyone here illegally is allowed to stay, we should first seal our southern border as airtight as we can get it.  That includes a wall, and very strict enforcement of our immigration laws.  THEN we can consider some form of amnesty.  If we don't take that necessary first step, in ten years there will be ANOTHER fifteen million illegals here, clamoring for yet another round of immigration "reform."

ArturoK
ArturoK

just now

As this writer makes clear it isn't only the border, we must also fix the massive visas overstay problem. And never give citizenship for illegals.Edit (in 5 minutes)

DaveGorak
DaveGorak

There is but one question now facing the American people as they view the nation's federally-created immigration crisis:  Are we still sovereign?  Are we still protective of our right of self-determination, i.e. who and how many should we allow to cross our borders?  Americans must either step for their country or step aside for those who have no right to be here but who apparently want this country more than many of us. 

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Reading up on the Dustin Inman Society touched close to home for me.  Our close friends lost a daughter to a drunk ILLEGAL ALIEN as she was returning to college.  Once released from jail, the ILLEGAL ALIEN quickly fled to parts unknown - quite possibly one of the so-called "sanctuary cities" that harbor and abet these lawbreakers.

I was one of the Pall Bearers for this beautiful young lady who was going to  college to become a teacher - just like her Mom.  


It's very damning that there are those on this blog who point to King's pleading guilty to gambling as a reason to ignore him.  They offer no alternatives or no evidence to refute his claims.  King accepted responsibility for his actions.  These ILLEGAL ALIENS want to be rewarded for their lawlessness.

It's really that simple.


ErikKengaard
ErikKengaard

"the RAISE Act makes our immigration system good for America by making it affordable, manageable, compatible with our actual labor needs, and consistent with our overall priorities as a nation. Instead of extending the life of our uncontrolled, mismanaged immigration system, the RAISE Act takes an enlarged view of the national interest as well as that of future generations."
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/six-bogus-arguments-against-trumps-immigration-reform-bill/article/2631734
As soon as it was announced " . . . the predictable eruption of false and deceptive claims spewed forth from every direction.When all else fails, they [the media controlled by the 1%] trot out the emotional argument that the RAISE Act is heartless and tears apart families. This is the last refuge of the scoundrel, and there are a lot of them out there."
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/six-bogus-arguments-against-trumps-immigration-reform-bill/article/2631734

ErikKengaard
ErikKengaard

Nothing has done more to diminish the quality of life for the US middle class through higher housing (land) costs, competition for jobs, low wages, greater poverty, mortgage fraud, medicare fraud, crime, disease, cost of public schools, cost of college, depletion of resources, burden on the taxpayer and overall congestion than the INCREASE of and change in the nature (more poor, more criminals, e pluribus multum) of the POPULATION  since 1965, driven almost entirely by entry of alien migrants and their descendants (immigrants, h1b visa holders, visa overstays, refugees, etc)

Starik
Starik

@ErikKengaard We're all immigfrants in this country, and all new immigrants, without exception have been resented. That's what America is. Immigration is our greatest advantage and always has been.

readcritic
readcritic

@Starik @ErikKengaard Yes, but our grandparents came here legally and worked for everything they got. They didn't break laws and expect free support. Many sent their children to fight to defend this great country. Can the illegals today make that same claim?!!!

ArturoK
ArturoK

D.A. King pleaded guilty to taking bets on football games. In 1977. So, don't read this!

ArturoK
ArturoK

Starik, We see the fool here. He makes a great deal of sense,while you scream "don't listen to him!" You cannot refute his points. Hooray, for the AJC.

Starik
Starik

@ArturoK No, he's a right wing extremist. He hates Latinos. We need immigrant workers, not more alt-right nutters.

ArturoK
ArturoK

I see his website. King has Hispanics on his board and has only stated facts here.

class80olddog
class80olddog

Here is a good way of dealing with the visa overstays - make a certain number of visas available to each country at any one time.  Subtract any number of people who have not been shown to leave the country.  If there are enough, then there will be no visas left for that country and all visas will be denied.  Also, imprison any one caught overstaying a visa - that will get their attention!

Citizenal
Citizenal

Thank you AJC for publishing some balanced opinions. We can't have a discussion if the left succeeds in silencing speech they don't agree with.

class80olddog
class80olddog

People who are against the wall have not accounted for the vast amounts of money we spend on adjudicating the illegal immigrants who come over the border before they are deported.  We could probably pay for the wall in five years just from the savings from that alone.

class80olddog
class80olddog

Want money to improve border security (wall)?  Tax ALL remittances to foreign countries at rates that would replace the tax value of this money being spent in the US.

class80olddog
class80olddog

Good way to start - give a test and deport all illegal immigrants who have been in the United States for ten years and cannot speak English (like the woman who appeared at a press conference and spoke through an interpreter - she had lived in the US twenty years - obviously wanted to be an American).

class80olddog
class80olddog

Starik - the best idea is to have a labor exchange - for every hard-working Mexican that we allow, Mexico has to take one of our "unemployable" laborers.

class80olddog
class80olddog

Starik - if there IS a shortage of labor, it should be solved by instituting a points-based immigration system like Canada has and needed labor categories should get increased legal immigrant slots. But don't declare there is a shortage just because Americans don't want to work - shortages should only be if there are not enough qualified people - not wanting to get out of bed should not make you unqualified for the job.

alt-AJC-2.0
alt-AJC-2.0

@class80olddog 

We taxpayers foot the bill when Third World, low-wage foreign migrants are lured here using welfare benefits and other free public services -- along with "family reunification" visas for their relatives.

Starik
Starik

@alt-AJC-2.0 @class80olddog Some refugee immigrants get some benefits, but illegals do not get welfare. If I'm wrong, send me a link. I like the points system, but lots of the labor we need is unskilled or semi-skilled, and I wonder how to accommodate the need for these types of workers. Family reunification and "diversity lottery" visas can be limited or eliminated.

class80olddog
class80olddog

"Dreamers" should have to name their parents (who broke the law to bring them to the US) and prove that they were no longer in the country before getting deferred status.  And there should NEVER be citizenship until all legal citizen applications have been approved.  Don't let them jump the line!

alt-AJC-2.0
alt-AJC-2.0

@class80olddog 

You're kidding yourself if you think the media won't quickly shift to pushing for full citizenship status for any illegals officially allowed to stay.

Laiton Kirainahito
Laiton Kirainahito

A sensible post. Millions amnestied every so often will bankrupt the country which already is in a huge debt, not to mention the insult to legal immigrants and injustice to tax payers. Thanks AJC for publishing. Encourage more such eye opener articles.

KevinBrownnyc
KevinBrownnyc

Great article. DA King has always been at the forefront of this issue. This is why there's overwhelming support for the DREAM Act. People are led to believe that most of these DREAMers are children when in truth most of these "children" already have children of their own.

Starik
Starik

@KevinBrownnyc Crap. The DREAMERS have grown up as Americans, good Americans in most cases. King, a convicted felon, is not so good.

ArturoK
ArturoK

I found it. King pleaded guilty to taking bets on football games in 1977. OMG! OMG! OMG!

alt-AJC-2.0
alt-AJC-2.0

Using millions of low-wage migrants to throw American workers out of their jobs and onto welfare isn't moral or patriotic.

Enforce our existing laws and make E-Verify mandatory for employment.

AnnaSmith2017
AnnaSmith2017

Democrats, MSM, every faculty member at any university in the country fighting to the death for illegal aliens? they put a warm and fuzzy name on it "Dreamers." and no one seem to wonder why? future voters? can you imagine the Democrats ever being this interested or motivated in issues involving citizens! 

 

There is an estimated 800,000 DACA recipients in the US. That is 800,000 jobs American Citizens don't have or will be in competition for. The MSM and Democrats would have us believe that all 800 thousand are not taking jobs Americans want (we've heard that lie for many years now.) Democrats have actually changed the language. It's not illegal alien anymore its "Immigrant." or calling grown adults "children" or "kids." There not all picking strawberries they take great Jobs. Good enough jobs to buy homes put their kids through college.Why must the citizens of our country have competition for jobs, education in their own country from foreign nationals? Now Democrats and illegal alien activists admit DACA recipients have great jobs,are buying homes, paying taxes.

The GOAL, (Democrats just haven't figured this out yet) is for the American citizens to be employed, sending their kids to college, buying homes and paying taxes. It's not the responsibility of the citizens of this country to support, educate citizens from other country's.Deportation will save jobs and decrease the BILLIONS we spend on illegal aliens.

"Some" of the costs associated with illegal immigration......Dollars and Blood.

*The cost of educating illegal aliens children is staggering. From K-12 it costs taxpayers $122,000 for EACH illegal alien student.

*Now city, and state officials are appropriating millions of taxpayer dollars for legal fees to to file law suits and in defense of illegal aliens being deported.

*2012 illegal aliens sent home $62 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin. This is why Mexico is getting involved in our politics.

*30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens. Does not
include local jails and State Prisons. At $21,000 per year expense per inmate in Federal Prison---U do the math.

*$3Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens, I repeat 3 MILLION a DAY to process Illegals in the Criminal justice system.

*$2.2Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as SNAP (food stamps),WIC, & free school lunches.

There is also an incredible public safety issues that rarely if ever make the news.

Shattered Dreams American citizen style. Remember these citizens would be alive now if our immigration laws were simply enforced.


http://www.ojjpac.org/memorial.asp
 

http://www.illegalaliencrimereport.com/
 

http://www.wnd.com/.../big-list-of-86-horrific-illegal.../

Starik
Starik

@AnnaSmith2017 American citizens who make poor workers, and they are legion, can't compete with immigrants for jobs. Judge people on their quality as people and as contributors to the country and its economy, not on citizenship paperwork.

readcritic
readcritic

@AnnaSmith2017 The education costs are even higher than stated, and the illegals are supplied medical, dental, vision, and housing subsidies also. Citizens cannot afford such luxuries. When 1 in 8 in the U.S. is an illegal and 50% of those receive government assistance, that means American citizens are not getting what they pay tax dollars for. There is a legal protocol to citizenship and immigrants should use that to become legal. No one group is more special than anyone else. The U.S. needs to drop the birthright citizenship (anchor baby) laws also. Our veterans who sacrifice life and limb with repeated overseas tours of duty are unable to get what illegals are freely given by the vote-mongering politicians who use other people's money capriciously. What a disgrace! Just ask a veteran what foreign countries give them for free even when serving to protect them. Citizens have a right to DREAM of being able to enjoy their earnings without having to support those who feel entitled and that America owes them.

mz9203
mz9203

@AnnaSmith2017 you sound like you don't like competition, you must be another socialist snowflake 

class80olddog
class80olddog

@Starik @AnnaSmith2017  So what do we do with all of our American "unemployables".  Let them starve to death?  Or just give them everything for free (like we do now)?  I am really interested to hear your response.

ArturoK
ArturoK

Great write-up. Good for the AJC. Now, wait for the name calling. When you hear "we must pass a clean DREAM ACT" they mean amnesty now with continued illegal immigration. Just like 1986. 

Starik
Starik

@ArturoK So a convicted felon decides he's a anti-immigration leader.  Why does the AJC provide him with a forum?