‘Do unto others’
Regarding “Government shutdown looms as stopgap spending measure appears likely to stall in Senate” (Jan. 18): With all the furor over President Trump’s disgusting use of language to express his ideas last week, unfortunately the context is being overlooked. Let’s recall that he used that word in a meeting where he was torpedoing a bipartisan compromise solution to the DACA crisis that he himself created. And pretty clearly signaling his intent to shut down the government in order to deport children who grew up American.
So, since the deadline is upon us let’s take just a moment to remember that the GOP bears blame for a shutdown for three reasons:
1) They control the entire government 2) They are the ones blowing up a compromise and 3) On the three key areas of disagreement – DACA, CHIP and spending levels – Democrats are not demanding any new concessions, only the status quo.
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The GOP on the other hand is holding the budget hostage to get new concessions. Remember, in the end DACA isn’t about borders or immigration at all – it is about showing basic humanity, decency and common sense toward people who grew up here, amongst us and with our children. People with no other home. Do unto others ...
Don’t fund wall
Regarding “Kelly tells lawmakers that Trump’s campaign promises over border wall were ‘uninformed’” (Jan. 17): So, Mexico won’t pay for the wall after all, and now President Trump wants American taxpayers to foot the bill. Why?
It is hard to argue that such a wall will make us safer. To the best of my knowledge, no known terrorists have entered the U.S. on foot across our southern border. If I were a terrorist bent upon entering the U.S. illegally, I would probably opt for the northern border which has a less hostile climate and a wider choice of entry routes. Is a wall along the Canadian border next on Trump’s agenda? If so, will Canada pay for it?
Wherever a border wall is built, determined individuals will find ways to climb over it or tunnel under it. National security cannot be the real reason for wanting this wall. Statistically, undocumented immigrants commit less crime than Americans citizens. And we depend heavily upon the hard work immigrants perform.
It has been noted recently that increased risk of deportation has itself slowed the influx of undocumented immigrants. The billions of dollars needed to build a border wall would benefit Americans more if this taxpayer money were used to improve schools, medical care and our aging infrastructure.
Regarding “On Immigration Reform, Tillis clashes with old guard” (Jan. 17): Thom Tillis’ explanation for pulling back from the bipartisan group working on immigration neatly sums up the main problem in government these days. He said it’s “appropriate when you get to a point where you may not be on the same page to withdraw to the group of like-minded.”
Sounds like there’s no room for, or interest in, compromise.
Vote yes on DACA
Regarding “NC DACA recipients: We are people U.S. wants as immigrants” (Jan. 18): I want everyone to vote as soon as possible to give qualified DACA candidates a permanent path to citizenship in this country. Here’s my argument: Few would disagree that America can deport dependent children if it deports them with their parents. But this is not that. We’re talking about considering the deportation of highly-qualified kids who have spent the majority of their life in this country.
This is merit-based immigration. It’s our choice who we allow to stay. This may be but one of the issues in the immigration question, but people can settle this one really easily. I expect people to vote yes on DACA ASAP.
Congress must act
Regarding “Government shutdown looms as stopgap spending measure appears likely to stall in Senate” (Jan. 18): This immigration negotiation has become ridiculous as the president keeps demanding that Congress jump through new hoops to further his agenda. Congress is trying to solve problems that Trump created by his own actions, and he insists on standing in the way.
Congress should assert its position as an equal branch and take the president up on his statement that he will sign whatever Congress can agree to. Pass a bill that passes the DREAM Act and maintains TPS for currently covered nationalities while providing some funding for border security.
All Congress would be achieving is maintaining the status quo, and Trump would have achieved funding for his border priorities, essentially, in exchange for nothing. He can (and will) claim a win, and Congress can salvage some of America’s moral standing despite the President’s efforts.
Remember that the courts have already reversed Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. He has questionable and limited authority in this arena (despite being chief executive). Congress should not be threatened by a president who has undercut his own authority. Sens. Thom Tills and Richard Burr, it’s time for Congress to stand up.