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Sensible DACA Immigration Policy
I believe that both parties in the American government are making this a political issue for their own selfish reasons. The DACA children that were brought here illegally by their parents eons ago are American adults now. We all know they did not break any law of their own volition, so why should they be punished because of their parents? They have gone to American schools all their lives, most, have never left the country. They are fluent English speakers and many are well educated or attending colleges and will contribute to America. Many are so American they do not know their parent's language fluently or at all. Deporting these Americans to the country where they were born in is, in effect, sending them to a foreign country they know little about or care about.
It makes little sense to make these Americans to continue to pay a heavy price because of their parents actions. Trump's plan to allow them to become US citizens after 10-12 years is overkill. These people should not have to wait this long.
Here is my simple DACA proposal:
- If the person has graduated from HS or college, never been arrested, has worked here and paid state and federal taxes and is either single or married to a USC already, they should allowed to become a USC (at their option) after waiting five years. If they choose not to, then be given a Green Card within one year.
- As above, but if the person has one or more misdemeanor considered to be serious (TBD), they have the option to be a USC after waiting eight years. If they decline, they will be given a Green Card within one year.
- If the person has any felonies, they must be deported.
- If the person has no HS diploma, they must obtain one.
Like any immigration issue, they more one tries to create policy or guidelines, the more exceptions to it arise. Even my own creates them or different combinations. For instance, what if they have not worked very much or have past due taxes? What are the acceptable misdemeanors? It is presumed that all DACA's want to be a USC, that may not be the case! Some state that DACA's get a "fast lane" to citizenship since they have been here all their lives. They should become a USC much faster than others. After all, why should they wait another 8-10 years when they have already been here and educated here for at least 10-15 years? Makes no sense.
As one tries to decide what immigration criteria to be used for DACA's, it becomes complicated very quickly.