By Harry Alexander
Tucson Vice Mayor Regina Romero is one prominent local official who is not pleased with President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind former President Obama’s DACA program. That’s the program, established by Executive Order, where illegal aliens brought their children with them when illegally entering the United States. Obama’s program allowed the children exemption from deportation, helped them enroll in schools and colleges, and acquire motor vehicle operator licenses. Trump used his pen to rescind Obama’s unconstitutional order just as Obama used his pen to begin this awful program.
“The political pressure and threats from conservative government officials across the country have jeopardized this program and negatively impacted the lives of nearly 800,000 DREAMers,” said Romero. “It is heartbreaking and infuriating that the Trump Administration has taken action to end the protection of these individuals while engaging in political pandering and scapegoating to stoke feelings of fear, contempt and divisiveness.”
“We will continue to resist these tactics and support all members of our community, regardless of status,” she continued. “In 2010 I led the effort to bring a vote of support for the DREAM Act to the Tucson City Council, which was approved by a 6-1 vote. Today I want to reiterate my support for DACA and for the immigrants across this nation working hard and aspiring to the American Dream.”
Unfortunately, Ms. Romero forgets or ignores a basic fact: The DREAMers are here illegally. Why should this group be allowed to gain an advantage over immigrants who came to the United States legally and are trying to pursue a path toward citizenship? Actions have consequences and, in this particular case, the parents of these kids put their children in jeopardy when they decided to violate the law of the land.
The program will end March 5, 2018. Congress is being asked by proponents of illegal immigration to take up the DACA issue and resolve the problem. What Congress should do is forget about it. But will Sen. John McCain or Sen. Jeff Flake allow that to occur? Probably not. Will the members of Arizona’s Congressional Delegation allow illegals to find a “pathway to citizenship? Probably.
The United States is supposed to be a nation of laws. Immigration is one law that was never followed by the Obama administration during its eight years. How sad.
No one group deserves a priority over another group when it comes to immigration.
Harry Alexander is the Managing Editor of the Southern Arizona News-Examiner.
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