Denham: Congress must find a path for Dreamers, better border security

Doris Richards
January 13, 2018

The letter adds, "While delay or inaction will cause significant negative impact to businesses, hundreds of thousands of deserving young people across the country are counting on you to work in a bipartisan way to pass permanent legislative protection for Dreamers without further delay".

There have been several versions of the DREAM Act, and Democrats will push for the most expansive iteration and pretend it is identical to a legislative fix for DACA. But Democrats know this would significantly curtail the market for illegal labor and lead to a diminishment of the illegal immigrant population, so it's a such a non-starter that the White House and congressional Republicans aren't even trying to push for it. We were unsuccessful with end-of-year negotiations; however, now that government funding and other must-pass items expire on January 19, we have a fresh opportunity to do the right thing - one that we can not afford to miss. Dreamers who sought protection under the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are shielded from deportation and can obtain valid driver's licenses, enroll in college and legally secure jobs. We owe Dreamers real certainty: we must pass permanent protections for Dreamers into law, and we can not delay any longer. So Congress must do something that, unfortunately, has become very taboo these days: compromise. Silicon Valley executives were among the most vocal opponents of the White House's decision to end the program, often citing a CATO Institute study that found that ending DACA could cost the USA economy $215 billion. However, the ball is still in our court and we are running out of time. The Dreamers featured in the video were all brought to the United States as children by their parents who were fleeing danger or seeking better economic and educational opportunities for their children.

"They would hope that Congress and the president will come to a quick deal, or come up with a solution to give them a path to legal status".


Pan and USAC Office of the External Vice President campus organizing director Christine Tran demonstrated in Washington, D.C. last month in support of the bill, and were briefly detained after holding a sit-in at Sen.

Big business is putting more pressure on Congress to protect America's Dreamers. As a Congress, we must come together and provide a pathway for Dreamers and strengthen our borders. Dreamers have every right to pursue their dreams here - in the United States, the only country they call home.

Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, represents Stanislaus and parts of San Joaquin counties in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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