Guest column: Why a fix for DACA is imperative

Paul Ryan is the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Now serving his tenth term in the House he represents Wisconsin's First Congressional District

Rock Hill prayer vigil Thursday for DACA immigrant children 'Dreamers'

But dealing with the 800,000 immigrants who signed up for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - or DACA - program can't wait, they said.

GOP Congressional leadership has said they see no urgency to act, since DACA doesn't expire until March 5.

The date of the vigil, December 7, marks the midpoint between when President Donald Trump announced in September the rescinding of the DACA program - that took effect in 2012 - and its expected legal end in March.

Anti-immigrant hardliners like Mark Krikorian, Dan Stein, Roy Beck, Kris Kobach, and Ben Zuckerman, all leaders in these organizations, share an ideological framework with John Tanton, the founder of the modern anti-immigrant movement in the US, which is rooted in eugenics.

Unless Congress enacts legislation, immigrants will begin losing their DACA protection en masse starting in March, and would have to leave the US.

Over the last number of months there has been a deluge of interest in a small but important immigration program called DACA. The Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy Act (BRIDGE Act) seeks to grant a three-year protection for those who are covered by DACA.

Paul Ryan is the 54th Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Now serving his tenth term in the House he represents Wisconsin's First Congressional District

Despite little support for amnesty for illegal aliens, Democrats, the Republican establishment, the cheap labor industry, big business and the open borders lobby have teamed up to relentlessly push for legalizing up to 3.5 million illegal aliens who are on the DACA rolls or eligible for DACA.

"We are more than papers!" one sign read. "Not acting is creating understandable uncertainty and anxiety amongst immigrant communities", the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Dozens of immigration advocates and supporters attend a rally outside of Trump Tower along Fifth Avenue on August 15, 2017 in New York City. Earlier this year, FAIR's President Dan Stein said that Americans "would be perfectly fine if we didn't have another immigrant for 50 years". They want a path to citizenship, and they say they're exhausted of waiting.

In September, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced the Dream Act, which would allow certain young immigrants who lived in the U.S. illegally since childhood to earn permanent residence and eventually American citizenship.

Representative Steve Cohen is among a growing list of Democrats threatening to withhold their vote on the year-end spending bill if it does not include the Dream Act.

A national campaign urging congressional movement on "dreamers" will begin Wednesday, with an emphasis on highlighting the beneficial financial impact to each state. "Myself and 1,700 DACA recipients in Congressman Ami Bera's district want to give back". "Ending the DACA program is not only devastating for thousands of young Pennsylvanians, who know this country as their only home, but will have devastating consequences for the economy". "The House Judiciary Committee will continue to aggressively pursue the enactment of our immigration enforcement agenda so that our laws are enforced, we prevent illegal immigration, and the rule of law is restored".

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