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    Op-Ed Rescinding DACA would be the meanest of the Trump administration's mean anti-immigrant actions
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    Wayne A. Cornelius
    September 4, 2017 4:00 am

    A decision on the fate of DACA is due Tuesday. Ending the program would arguably be the most mean-spirited and shortsighted of the Trump administration’s many anti-immigrant actions.

    On the campaign trail, candidate Donald Trump attacked the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as an “executive amnesty” perpetrated by President Obama. But after the election he repeatedly declined to simply shut it down, promising that he would find a way to “do something for the kids.” Now it appears he may have been putting the program on life support, to be terminated whenever a compelling political rationale came along.

    The president is being pushed to pull the plug ostensibly because nine Republican state attorneys general, joined by Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter, threatened to sue the Trump administration if it failed to start dismantling what they consider to be an unconstitutional program by Sept. 5. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has already made it clear he won’t defend DACA against the charge that Obama usurped congressional authority by granting temporary legal status to a large group of immigrants.

    Apart from the constitutionality issue, opponents of DACA cling to the threadbare “magnet” theory, according to which any benefit provided by the federal government induces more illegal migration. But there is not a shred of evidence from scientific research that the availability of DACA, or any social service, is what attracts immigrants. Overwhelming evidence shows that they come because of family ties and wage and employment differentials between their country and the United States. Some are fleeing gangs and drug violence in their place of origin.

    What these wrongheaded and inhumane measures have in common is profound ignorance of the on-the-ground realities of immigration and labor markets.

    If Trump rescinds DACA or decides to wind it down gradually, what will be accomplished? It would rob more than 800,000 young people brought to this country by their parents of the chance to lead fully productive lives. It would restrict their access to higher education and make them vulnerable to exploitation by employers who could take advantage of their deportability. Their lifetime contributions to tax revenues would be stunted. And rather than causing DACA recipients to “self-deport” — the fantasy solution to unauthorized immigration cherished by conservatives — it would just push them underground.

    These highly motivated young people have spent most of their lives trying to become full-fledged Americans, mastering English, staying out of trouble, paying taxes, pursuing any opportunity to advance themselves. In the vast majority of cases, they (and their parents) have no family or economic base in their home country to return to. If they must live permanently in the shadows in the U.S., they will.

    DACA recipients interviewed by my research team in San Diego County in 2014 reported that even temporary protection from deportation — DACA protection lasts two years and is renewable — enabled them to get higher-paying jobs, making college more financially possible. DACA encouraged them to invest more in their education because legal employment would be available when they finished. It conferred important psychological benefits, giving recipients a sense of security, belonging and normalcy. And yet DACA recipients were also acutely aware of the precariousness of their temporary legal status.

    Ending DACA is just one piece of the Trump administration’s broad assault on immigrant families and communities. A policy memo signed in October by then-Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly stripped protection from deportation from undocumented family members of active-duty military personnel. Recently, the Trump administration enthusiastically embraced the RAISE Act, proposed by Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Purdue (R-Ga.), which would tear apart our largely family-based legal immigration system with the goal of sharply reducing the supply of “low-skilled” labor — at a time when many U.S. employers face labor shortages that will deepen as 76 million baby boomers retire.

    What these wrongheaded and inhumane measures have in common is profound ignorance of the on-the-ground realities of immigration and labor markets in 21st century America, together with eagerness to toss red meat to the nativists in Trump’s base. It’s up to Congress to restore some measure of sanity and constructive purpose to immigration policymaking.

    Legislation introduced in July by Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would do what should have been done long ago for DACA-eligible young people. The Dream Act would grant legal permanent resident status to an estimated 1.8 million undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States before age 18 and can meet other DACA-type requirements. If the Dream Act fails due to Republican obstruction or a presidential veto, GOP leaders will need to explain to the majority of Americans, who according to polls approve of DACA, why Congress won’t stop punishing children for a misdemeanor — unauthorized entry — committed by their parents.

    Wayne Cornelius is director emeritus of the Mexican Migration Field Research Program at UC San Diego and coauthor of “One Step In and One Step Out: The Lived Experience of Immigrant Participants in the DACA Program.”

    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed...904-story.html
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    Most law-breakers believe our laws are mean when they are subject to them. There is nothing mean about enforcing US immigration law. These laws are just and absolutely necessary. What is "mean" is a government allowing illegal aliens to be in our country, sucking up jobs, educations, opportunities, welfare and other resources at the expense of forgotten Americans who have paid a terrible price for this lawlessness.

    This President was elected to end the scourge of illegal immigration and that is exactly what he's going to do. Most DACAs are from Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. They and their parents all need to be deported post haste and sent back to their home countries where they belong with all their offspring in tow. We don't want them here. We want them gone.
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    The "meanest" thing has been to ignore immigration laws for decades, to grant not one, but 6-7 additional amnesties and then try to trick the American people into accepting another one. The mean ones are Congress, the illegal alien families who through fraud and theft have stolen hundreds of billions of dollars from citizen taxpayers and from the nation through remittances and not paying taxes, who have stolen identities, who have in numerous ways negatively impacted the nation. They have killed and hurt many of our citizens. The mean ones are the businesses, those who want the fundamental transformation of the United States like former president Obama, George Soros, others.
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    We have a "program" to come here...get IN LINE and apply to come here legally!

    We also have programs to apply for work permits...GO HOME...get IN LINE and apply to work here legally!

    NO MORE PROGRAMS, NO PATH TO STAY AND NO AMNESTY
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    WE NEED A 10 to 20 YEAR MORATORIUM ON ALL IMMIGRATION. We can't trust this SWAMP with immigration legislation, it's a monkey zoo, a stinking pond of crazy swamp creatures who either don't know who their constituents are or could care less. Either way, they're a danger to our country, the source of destruction from within.
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