Congress will finally have to solve problem
President Donald Trump basically did what he had to do last week in announcing he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals rule that was put in place by his predecessor. President Barack Obama had put the rule in place, contrary to current immigration law, to prevent the deportation of people who had entered the country illegally as children, brought by their parents. The rule has been challenged by state attorneys general in several states who threatened to sue the government to overturn the law if it wasn’t removed.
Trump, bound by law and by his own campaign promises, said the rule would end, but in six months, giving Congress time to come up with a legal, legislative solution.
The plight of these “dreamers,” as the DACA immigrants are called, certainly calls for sympathy. They were children, some just infants, when their parents made the decision to bring them to America. They have grown up here, gone to school here, have their friends here. Many of them have gone to college and built careers here, and have a lot to contribute to this country. Should they now simply be swept up and sent back to a country and culture they don’t know?
This is a tall order for Congress, which has been unable to come together for much of anything, let alone a hot-button issue like immigration reform. That’s one reason Obama took it upon himself to do something to protect the “dreamers.”
But now the clock is ticking for Congress to deal with this issue. There should be ample incentive to finally get a deal done and figure out a way to let these people stay in the only country they have ever known.