Denver Post: Congress Needs to Act on DREAMers, Curbelo’s RAC Act A Good Compromise

Denver Post: “This bill strikes us as a good compromise… Such a fix addresses the reality that millions have come here illegally with children, many of whom have worked hard in school and often worked through college with the ultimate goal of leading productive lives as Americans. They did right by American expectations. America should return them the favor.”

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Miami, Florida, August 11, 2017 | Joanna Rodriguez (202-225-2778) | comments

Trump was right to let Dreamers stay; Congress should, too
Denver Post
Editorial Board
August 9, 2017
http://www.denverpost.com/2017/08/09/trump-was-right-to-let-dreamers-stay-congress-should-too/

President Donald Trump has done the right thing for the hundreds of thousands of America’s undocumented youth who willingly came out of the shadows to receive Obama-era deportation protections. Now it’s critical that Congress follow suit.

Now Congress has the urgent opportunity to follow the president’s lead and do the right thing by almost 750,000 Dreamers — named after the DREAM Act — who are in limbo as they wait to see whether they will be punished for willingly giving the federal government their information in exchange for a chance to pursue the American dream.

 

 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., has introduced the Recognizing American Children Act that would give DACA recipients a five-year reprieve from deportation. It can be extended for five years under strict education, military service or employment conditions. Permanent residence is also possible after five years. Coffman is also a co-sponsor on Curbelo’s bill.

This bill strikes us as a good compromise, predicated upon the child arriving in the United States before 2012, a move that prevents incentivizing people to come here illegally or overstay their visas with the promise that their children can get legal status after waiting in the shadows for a certain amount of time.

Such a fix addresses the reality that millions have come here illegally with children, many of whom have worked hard in school and often worked through college with the ultimate goal of leading productive lives as Americans. They did right by American expectations. America should return them the favor. 

 

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