Time to work on immigration reform
With drama over the “government shutdown” — engineered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. and fellow liberals — over, members of Congress can get down to work on a comprehensive immigration reform package.
Time is of the essence, because of unconstitutional action taken by former President Barack Obama. He established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to protect nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants, brought here has children, from being deported.
Upon taking office, President Donald Trump recognized the DACA order as an abuse of executive power. He said his administration would end the program by March 5.
That gives Congress plenty of time to enact a constitutional replacement. Most Americans seem to favor one.
But Schumer, House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other liberals want a slimmed-down immigration bill allowing them to claim they rescued DACA beneficiaries from being deported. They do not want true, comprehensive immigration reform.
Neither GOP lawmakers nor Trump should permit that to happen. The so-called “dreamers” should be allowed to stay in the United States — but at the same time, our porous borders need to be made secure.