Some Democrats are indicating that any future funding bill must contain protections for undocumented immigrants brought here to the United States as children, the so-called Dreamers and the people currently protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
If this is true, it would mean Democrats would shut down the government of the United States for people who are not even its citizens. I don’t know how I feel about that.
On one hand, I feel for people currently protected by DACA. Under no fault of their own, they were brought here by their parents to live in a country that was not their own. They were raised here as Americans, yet because of their immigration status, they aren’t really Americans. I cannot find any fault with them. Their parents? Yes. Them, no.
If I have any problem with DACA is that it doesn’t go far enough. People protected by DACA have no pathway to citizenship. That’s wrong. If you deny the ability to become a citizen of the country they were raised in, you are forcing them into a lifelong status of being second-class, sub-humans.
That doesn’t work for anyone.
The more of us living here in the United States who are citizens, the better. We all need an equal footing here if we want this to remain the greatest country in the world.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter. Even if they shut down the government, it will only be kabuki theater. It’s not like Social Security checks will fail to go out of F/A-18 Hornets will be pushed off aircraft carriers into the Mariana Trench.
On the other hand, I think I would like to see the Democrats make a fist and actually stand for something. Stop protecting DACA recipients? Plant your feet Democrats and shut this mother down.
Tags: DACA, Democrats, Dreamers, Government Shut Down, Pathway to Citizenship