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DACA Amnesty for the Wall?

The buzz in Washington, D.C. concerns the Democrats' unwillingness to support budget negotiations unless there is a deal reached concerning DACA Dreamers. If the talks reach fruition, the government will shut down on January 19, 2018. 63% of the American body politic is against this course of action, making the prospect a source of great worry for members of both political parties.

President Trump with congressional leadership

President Donald Trump declared that he will not sign off on amnesty for the DACA Dreamers unless they approve his signature campaign promise, a $18 billion border wall. Some Democrats responded harshly: Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) essentially stated that no deal could be reached due to this key item from the president's wishlist.

The president also requested "more immigration enforcement agents, punishment for so-called 'sanctuary cities,' restrictions on citizens and legal residents sponsoring family members’ visas, and policies to make it easier to detain and deport undocumented immigrants," according to a report published by HuffPost.

All of these measures are necessary preventatives.

If the president is to approve amnesty for the DACA Dreamers, which would surely signal that the U.S. is willing to accept violations of its immigration law, there must be roadblocks against future rule-breaking. I encourage the Democrats in the Senate to support the president's proposal--it is, simply stated, too good to refuse.

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