Yesterday, Congress voted to delay action on the Defense Bill. In doing so, again, it left the long overdue DREAM Bill in limbo. This Bill attempts to help some of the thousands of infants and children who were lawfully or unlawful brought into the U.S. These children had no control in the decision to remain.
Now, many have grown up, attended grammar school, high school, and eventually graduated only to be locked out of the University Education system by the F-1 student visa process. With unskilled jobs, these now grown and American educated residents have been swallowed up into our expanding black market economy. Only to be spit out whenever politicians put pressure on the Department of Homeland Security to raid a large target.
Former General Colin Powell, among many moderate and reasonable Republicans support the DREAM Bill. This law is not amnesty, since a number of applicants must be denied, where they are disqualified from immigration for other reasons.
The idea that all bills attempting to legalize those who are physically present in the U.S. are an amnesty is a myth. To call these people “illegal” is an injustice to desensitize their plight!
These kids, all grown up, are unlawfully present waiting for an answer. Some claim that this is a somehow a partial amnesty. Arguably, but in response, those familiar with the U.S. Immigration System appreciate the oppression that results in deporting residents who live in the U.S. for five, perhaps ten, even twenty or more years.
In deporting, and ignorning, we penalize these residents for the acts of their parents and unforgiving immigration laws. We also ignore the failure of Congress to reasonable fund immigration enforcement. Our sporadically enforced system of civil immigration laws challenge an already overburdened Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency that has much more serious priorities like human trafficking, terrorism and drug smuggling.
There is a misconception that a visa overstay or someone who entered without inspection is a criminal. As a matter of law, this is a myth. The myth is perpetuated in the news as talking heads, who are not attorneys, make good faith, yet false claims to be immigration law experts.
Appropriate and humane, not indefinitely mean spirited, laws should be in place to regulate those who are not, and cannot, be timely removed from the U.S. Otherwise, we emotionally damage U.S. Citizens whose children, employees, parents, and spouses must be permanently deported based upon our current unforgiving system.
There is something extremely vindictive about deporting someone who has lived in the U.S. for over twenty years. What part of ‘unconscionable’ do Americans fail to understand?
For more information, albeit somewhat unclear, the Washington Post has written this article.