Warner Consistent: Seeks Solution for DREAMers

Last week, President Donald Trump challenged Congress to come up with a solution to the United States having thousands of children of undocumented immigrants here learning, growing, and becoming Americans (as if they aren’t already).

As seen, it’s generated a firestorm of vitriol across the spectrum.

Honestly, it’s not a cut-and-dry issue.

On the one hand, you do have incredibly wonderful, talented and hardworking people becoming contributing members of our great country. On the other hand, a law has been broken.

Which leads me to Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.).

It would seem that Senator Warner disagrees with the president that anything should have been done to dismiss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program; however, he does recognize that it is the role of Congress to legislate.

Late Friday, Warner blasted Trump, saying that reversing the Obama executive order does not “show heart.”

Warner added:

“The DACA program was a promise to protect certain children of undocumented immigrants, who came to this country through no fault of their own, so they could safely come out of the shadows, attain legal status and realize their full potential. Over the years, the DREAMers have shown us their true character—working hard to become this nation’s next generation of students, entrepreneurs, and military men and women. And while Congress has a responsibility to enact comprehensive immigration reform that provides them with a fair path to citizenship, which the Senate passed in 2013, we cannot let the Trump Administration’s disgraceful anti-immigrant policies leave nearly 800,000 DREAMers in limbo. Going back on our word threatens their safety, harms our economy and speaks volumes about who we are as a country.”

I asked Rachel Cohen, Warner’s press secretary to clarify and she wrote:

“Senator Warner supports the DREAM Act, which would grant permanent legal status to those young people who were brought here as children by their parents, as long as they pass security checks and meet other criteria, including enrolling in college, joining the military or finding employment.

There is also related legislation, the BRIDGE Act, which would codify into law the Obama-era policy.”

So, at the end of the day, Warner realizes that broken laws (not laws that have been broken) must be made whole by the legislature. The Senate passed the DREAM act, it was not passed at that time by the House, then Obama then took out his “pen” – which broke more than our immigration system – it broke our system of government.

In this instance, the ball really now is in the court of House Republicans. It’s time to be realistic and actually pass a law that supports the American dream – regardless of how people got here.

  • mezurak

    Why don’t we just make Mexico the 51st state? Then Trump’s Wall could be located down by Guatemala or even Panama and wouldn’t need to be so long or cost so much.

    We could also get rid of Customs and Immigration, save a bunch of money, and any world citizen with a job could come to America while Gringos can retire in cheap beachfront nursing homes. #NoMoreBorders. #NoMoreNations #NAUNOW #FreeDopeForAll

    • mark Jawsz

      Good idea, Mr. Mezurak, except you cannot have a first world welfare state with a third world population. So, the BIG UNMENTIONABLE in all of this debate is the rate at which “these incredibly wonderful, talented and hardworking people” have children out of wedlock, use welfare, commit crime. The rate is certainly higher than the native-born, non-Hispanic white population. Shit. Even European immigrants use welfare at higher rates than the native born white population. And that is the problem. Too many people come here and end up sponging off of the system – whether it was intended or not. Because too many people, particularly from Central America, you know, that economic powerhouse just gushing with human capital, come here low-skilled, and stay that way, unfortunately. Nonetheless, I would totally be for normalizing these “kids” but they would get no welfare EVER and be subject to deportation for a certain period of time if they committed crime, but I know that any deal Congress would make today, would be broken or ignored tomorrow. That is the problem. We cannot trust Congress. They lie and then then lie about their lying.

      • mezurak

        F’n A. FUBAR you can fix. Lost Trust? Not so much.

  • Jim Portugul

    Read this;

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/conncarroll/2015/03/17/study-obamas-amnesty-to-cost-taxpayers-78-billion-a-year-n1971967

    The interest alone on our national debt for one year, would almost fund the entire Communist China millitary for 2 years, with enough left over for funding the entire Russian military for 1 year. That’s right, almost 1 BILLion each day goes to pay the interest on our $20 TRILLION DEBT.

    Jim Hoeft wants 100 more ships for our Navy. Jim Hoeft wants DACA. And yet, he doesn’t have a clue how to pay for even what we have now. And, there is that “tear jerker” picture above.

    Jim, tell us where the money is going to come from to fund lawlessness? Why don’t you pay for DACA, Jim.

    • Stephen Spiker

      Oh holy hell, dude. Where to start:

      1) The article and study you cite references DAPA, and not DACA. Two different programs. The letters aren’t even close to one another on the keyboard.

      2) The study assumes every single DAPA recipient receives EITC and ACT benefits, without providing any reason for that.

      3) The study even acknowledges DAPA recipients pay just about the same amount in taxes.

      4) The basis of their entire theory is that Social Security, Medicare, and Obamacare are expensive. I agree! Let’s reform those programs. Their argument is that more people = more spending, which makes every population control proposal, from mass deportations to forced sterilization, as technically “valid” approaches to fiscal responsibility.

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Reform_and_Control_Act_of_1986

    Thirty years ago Politicians promised if we only give Amnesty to those who are here then they will enforce the law. Most of today’s ‘Dreamers’ weren’t even born in 1986.

    Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

  • David Obermark

    The problem with granting amnesty to Dreamers is that it motivates the arrival of more Dreamers.

    And then, once the Dreamers are granted amnesty, we go from DACA to DAPA. Once the kids are given amnesty the chorus will rise to give it to the parents too.

    The cheapest way to enforce border security is for anyone discovered to have crossed illegally to be thrown back over it. Anything else motivates additional illegal crossings.

  • Rob Blackstone

    Why do you automatically assume that all of the dreamers are “incredibly wonderful, talented and hardworking people”? Read up on the vetting process used for DACA and you’ll probably be very disappointed.

    Also, how many illegal immigrants live in YOUR neighborhood? I find that most pro-amnesty Republicans lack perceptive on this issue because they don’t have to live with any of the negative effects of illegal immigration.

    • notjohnsmosby

      Many conservatives who are against immigration live in rural areas where there aren’t many immigrants.

      • mark Jawsz

        But many rural conservatives have to compete with illegals for jobs, Genius.

        • notjohnsmosby

          Explain how an immigrant in Northern Virginia is taking a job away from a white guy in Lee County VA.

  • SJane

    Senator Mark Warner was the owner/CEO of a communication company while in NoVA, he later sold. He may have owned a communication company, BUT he is NO communicator. He lacks a thought process of ideas and rapid fire answers or solutions to questions after having served Virginia, and in Virginia for a number of years.
    This is NOT his state of origin, and it shows. Our reference goes back to the ACA and how little Warner actually knew about the proposed bill 2009.
    The DACA is Pres. Obama’s EO w/out substance, and legal grounds. The process NEEDS to become a legal act for US protections as well as the children, that the oldest now is 32-25 yrs. of age, NOT the young ones sitting in kindergarten….IMO

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