GOP Lawmakers Urge Paul Ryan to Take Action on DACA by Christmas

DACA Demonstrations Ring Hollow
Bob Dane

The bill would also slash funding for so-called "sanctuary cities" that don't assist the federal government in deporting immigrants living in the country illegally, as well as fund wall-like "tactical and technological infrastructure" along the U.S. -Mexico border. Around 38,000 San Diegans were eligible for the program. On Saturday, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the United Nation's compact seeking global cooperation to protect the safety and rights of refugees and migrants. DACA recipients whose protections will expire after March 5, 2018, were not permitted to renew those protections this year.

This is a national tragedy.

Threatening my safety and almost 800,000 Dreamers like myself in exchange for a "deal" that includes a 50 percent reduction to annual immigration levels, a dramatic ramp up of enforcement amounting to a deportation force that will devastate our economy, separate families and swoop up our coworkers and neighbors who enrich our lives, is not compassionate nor reasonable. Another provision would strengthen electronic verification systems for employers and limit green cards for family members of USA citizens and permanent residents.

Anti-immigrant hardliners like Mark Krikorian, Dan Stein, Roy Beck, Kris Kobach, and Ben Zuckerman, all leaders in these organizations, share an ideological framework with John Tanton, the founder of the modern anti-immigrant movement in the US, which is rooted in eugenics. You spend your days working as an Uber driver to help pay rent and care for your sisters, one of whom is disabled.

Congress has until March to take action.

This scenario isn't hypothetical.

Without a legislative solution for DACA recipients, Arreola will lose his ability to legally work in the US and face deportation. Then came DACA, and with it work permits, opportunities for some tuition aid and, for the first time in Garcia's life, a sense of normalcy. But it doesn't have to be that way.

"There's a growing chorus with a simple message for Congress - step up and fix our broken immigration system, starting with a fix for Dreamers", John Feinblatt, president of New American Economy (NAE) said in a statement emailed to the Louisiana Record. Likewise, 20 percent of Republican voters said the same.

"Tax reform grows the economy", Ryan said. Only 51 percent support of Americans support the Republicans' plan, including just 59 percent of their own party.

In a month, overall support for a DACA amnesty has fallen as well. Tax reform is inching closer to becoming law. The Dream Act. When do we want it?

President Trump and Congressional leaders like our congressman, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, need to make the Dream Act a priority.

Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis Curbelo34 House Republicans demand DACA action this year House conservatives cast doubt on GOP leaders' shutdown strategy 12 House Republicans object to Alaska refuge oil drilling proposal MORE (R-Fla.), have vowed to withhold their vote for any must-pass end-of-year spending bill unless Congress legislates on Dreamer protections. Some 30,000 individuals will be removed from the workforce each month over the next two years.

Fact based analysis is critical to every policy debate, and it is a fact that now 86 percent of all Americans and 76 percent of Republicans support protecting Dreamers.



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