Of all the issues surrounding the problem of illegal immigration, the Dreamers present the most difficult one.
And although President Trump has decided to bring DACA to an end in March, he has indicated a willingness to allow those Dreamers currently in the U.S. to remain, provided laws prohibit any more from entering.
But Congress now has less than a month to come up with a solution, and things aren’t looking good.
CNN reports: Alex and Daniela Velez have come to peace with the difficult choice they will need to make if Congress doesn’t reach a deal for those covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by its March 5 deadline: They will leave the country.
“Alex and I are both over this [DACA situation],” said Daniela, who is 24 years old. “If DACA ends, I will leave with Alex. I will close my business, leave work and school.”
We can at least give them credit for obeying the law and self-deporting. While they seem like responsible adults, they should never have been brought here in the first place. And they do have the choice of two home countries to which they can return.
And, they’ve got a lot of company.
The Velez sisters are two of nearly 689,000 young adults who are currently protected from deportation under DACA.
The Obama-era program allowed young Dreamers who were brought to the United States as children to come out from the shadows and enroll in college, obtain driver’s licenses and legally secure jobs.
President Trump pulled the plug on Mr. Obama’s program and told Congress to fix it. So far, that has not happened.
In September, President Trump announced he would end DACA and left it up to Congress to come up with alternative legislation. But with less than a month until that March 5 expiration date, lawmakers and the Trump administration remain at an impasse.
The Velez’s sisters got into this mess in part courtesy of Mr. Chavez who was a scourge on his country.
Alex and Daniela came to the U.S. from Venezuela with their parents when they were four and nine years old, respectively.
“When Hugo Chavez became president in the late 1990s, things started to change and become difficult for the middle class,” said Daniela.
Their father wanted the family to escape the situation. The family arrived in the U.S. on visitor visas and then overstayed. They settled into a one-bedroom apartment in Burlington, New Jersey, where they still live today. Alex and Daniella share a pullout sofa bed.
It’s not clear what the parents are going to do. Apparently, they will remain here as illegal aliens. Having brought the children here illegally, one would think they are overdue for legal action.
The situation with kids like these two girls is not an easy one for anyone with some compassion. They seem like very responsible young adults.
But they are here illegally. And until the law might be changed, it needs to be enforced.
We can only wish that the rest of the Dreamers will act in such a conscientious way.