In the heated partisan debate over DACA and/or comprehensive immigration reform, or President Trump's racist policies and comments about immigrants, it is so easy to ignore the impact of political partisanship on the lives and emotions of the young. 800,000 Dreamers' lives are on the line as anti-immigration ideologues call them criminals. Those children brought to the US illegally had no intention to break the law; they are victims of the immigration system. Both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of holding DACA kids hostage to their preferred approach to immigration legislation. Democrats had wanted DACA to be part of a comprehensive law that includes a path to citizenship. The GOP opposes legalization of their status, calling attempts amnesty, ignoring the innocence of Dreamer's intent and inferring they are de facto guilty of intending to break the law.
The President seems not to comprehend the meaning of a" clean bill " in his dialogue with legislators January 9 and by still apparently insisting Congress approve the Great Wall of Trump on the border with Mexico as a condition of providing any solution to the Dreamers' jeopardy. FYI, Mr. President a clean bill for both building a wall and giving status to Dreamers means to stop holding kids hostage to partisan political demands and campaign promises and instead to make those separate bills requiring separate votes of Congress. The Democrats are now prefer the "clean bill" approach, but have indicated they could compromise. In the meantime, a lower court Federal judge granted a temporary halt to the Trump administration's policy to scrap the protection of Dreamers protected by an Obama memorandum, requiring them to follow a process. There is hope yet.
In the meantime, let us not forget the inhumane side of our treatment of undocumented children. Rick D. Bailey, a Denver attorney, posted the following on his Facebook page January 4, and with his permission, his moving account serves as a reminder that we for the sake of politics are doing damage to young lives.