Editorial: For Sessions' DACA stand, politics trumps law and humanity
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions paid lip service to the rule of law but was really focused on politics when he announced the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He showed little concern for the plight of more than 800,000 "dreamers" - brought to the U.S. as youngsters and who see it as their home.Posted — Updated
He showed little concern for the plight of more than 800,000 “dreamers” – brought to the United States as youngsters and raised in this country as natives who see it as their home.
“It also denied jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans by allowing those same illegal aliens to take those jobs.” Session said. Not true. First, immigrants aren’t taking jobs from Americans. Most often they take jobs that allow English-speaking Americans to take higher-paying work. Also, analysts from a variety of perspectives, say the jobs many “dreamers” land tend to be entrepreneurial – so they actually are creating jobs.
The Cato Institute, which espouses a free-market and limited-government ideology, estimated that ending DACA and deporting those who are protected by it would cut economic growth by $280 billion in the next 10 years.
Later Sessions followed with rambling campaign-like rhetoric. “It will further economically the lives of millions who are struggling. And it will enable our country to more effectively teach new immigrants about our system of government and to assimilate them into the cultural understanding that supports it.” What? In fact, these 800,000 have done just that. They HAVE grown up here. They HAVE been educated in the United States. They HAVE absorbed and embraced the culture and system of government.
Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement Tuesday saying he believes it was wrong of President Trump to rescind DACA because it hurts productive members of our communities who were brought here as innocent children and won’t allow young people to remain in the only place they’ve ever known as home.
We can only hope that in the six months Trump’s given Congress to act, with Obama and that blinding prejudice out of the picture, Congress will finally move to protect those who already contribute to our nation’s well-being and embrace the American Dream.
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