Dreamers are not a political bargaining chip

Dreamers are not a political bargaining chip

Tell Congress to save DACA children from legalized child abuse.

Our imperfect present civil immigration laws affecting DACA children (Dreamers) were made by Congress and should be repealed and replaced to prevent deportation of children.

Here is the present definition of a DACA child. To qualify for DACA, applicants must meet the following major requirements, although meeting them does not guarantee approval:

  • Came to the United States before their 16th birthday.
  • Have lived continuously in the United States since June 15, 2007.
  • Were younger than 31 on June 15, 2012 (born on June 16, 1981 or after).
  • Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012 and at the time of making their request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS.
  • Had no lawful status on June 15, 2012.
  • Have completed high school or a GED, have been honorably discharged from the armed forces, or enrolled in school.
  • Have not been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanors, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

These requirements virtually guarantee that DACA children are not a criminal threat to the safety and security of our citizens. That Dreamers had no free-will choice to be brought here as children is the strongest argument for changing our immigration laws to decriminalize their presence. Deportation is not a just option.

All Dreamers are collateral damage of our present immigration laws and will remain so until Congress repeals and replaces our present immigration laws that punish innocent children and turn family values into an empty political slogan and Dreamers into a political bargaining chip.

Tom Driscoll