They shut down the government shutdown - Bent Corner

They shut down the government shutdown

Democrats caved and the 2018 government shutdown is over. I’m impressed. The Democrats stood up and shook a first in the air for a full three days.

That’s impressive for Democrats. There’s a reason I changed my party affiliation from Democrat to Unaffiliated. The way the Democrats fumbled this shutdown is one of those reasons.

It’s clear at this point Republicans aren’t going to do anything to protect the people previously protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These are people who were brought to this country as small children and now face deportation back to countries many of them don’t remember. These are people who did nothing wrong. What should we do, punish someone for something that happened when they were a small child?

I guess so.

We have a failed immigration system. We’ve had one for years now. We chose not to fully enforce the immigration laws we had and we allowed millions of people to come here illegally. DACA was something, in my opinion, that helped fixed problems we allowed to happen.

If you ignore the law and allow people to come here illegally, some of them are going to bring their families. Some in those families are going to be young and truly blameless in the actions of their parents.

If anyone should be punished, punish the parents, not the children.

I expect the Republicans will fix DACA by the simple removal of the first two words, deferred action. The program goes away for good in March. I expect some young people who’ve lived in the United States most of their lives will be deported back to countries many of them don’t remember.

Some, not all.

That’s the way the law enforcement works in this county. Sometimes the law is applied, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes people who are here illegally are deported, sometimes they’re not.

My hope was that the Democrats would force Republicans to fix the problems they both allowed to happen. Not that DACA was perfect. It should have included a pathway to citizenship. I don’t want anyone immigrating to the United States unless their goal is to become a citizen.

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Rick Rottman

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