By Rick Oltman, February 12, 2018
One hundred religious leaders have signed a letter to President Trump and members of congress calling for protection of so-called “Dreamers,” refugees, and illegal aliens, in general. The letter was published in the Washington Post on Wednesday, February 7, as a full-page ad. You can read it, and see who signed it here: Letter.
World Relief, a non-governmental organization based in the United States, which derives almost 75% of its annual $70,000,000 budget from the U.S. taxpayer (and it is only one of many) sponsored the letter and a press conference that same day.
Senator James Lankford (R-OK), a prominent supporter of a DACA Amnesty, attended the press conference and is a co-sponsor of The Secure and Succeed Act being introduced in the Senate today.
You can read a one-page summary of the legislation here.
Some of the DACA provisions are simply unacceptable. From the summary:
- Provides Permanent Solution for DACA recipients
- Estimated 1.8 million people earned path to citizenship.
- 12 years. 2 years credit for currently enrolled DACA recipients.
- Criteria: Obtained a high school diploma or equivalent (if over 18 years of age.)
- Arrived in the U.S. before 16, prior to June 15, 2012. Was under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012. Same standards used by the Obama Administration for DACA.
- Passes strict criminal background and good moral character checks.
- Signs a conditional departure order that may be enforced if they violate certain terms of their status.
- If 18 or older, pursue one or a combination of three tracks: (1) Serve in the Military; (2) Pursue a postsecondary or vocational degree; or (3) Maintain fulltime gainful employment.
- Conditional status revoked for criminal behavior or failure to meet eligibility criteria.
The number one objection to this is the “Path to Citizenship,” which is totally unwarranted, unnecessary, and unfair to those coming to our country legally.
Whatever the number of the “DACA” amnesty, and there will be massive fraud when it comes to applying, of course, why give them citizenship? If congress and the president decide that these young people can stay, why give them a path to citizenship? If you must let them stay, create a new category of Permanent Resident Alien that gives them legal status, without a path to citizenship.
And congress, if you must do this, let’s figure out how to determine the correct number of “Dreamers.” The World Relief letter says 700,000 and the Senate legislation says 1.8 million. What is the number? Nobody knows. There are simply too many unknowns to pass any kind of amnesty at this time.
And we can reasonably presume that our government bureaucracy is no more competent today than it was in 1985, when it estimated 1 million illegal aliens would sign up for the IRCA Amnesty and over 3.5 million applied.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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