On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but it also implemented a 6-month extension for those illegal aliens already in the program. Thus, putting pressure on Congress to work on a bill that addresses how to deal with the 800,000 illegal alien “Dreamers” currently in the country.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a staunch supporter of immigration enforcement, said DACA was a “slap in the face” to immigrants waiting to enter the country legally. He believes the families who brought their young children to the U.S. illegally should be deported along with the “Dreamers.”
“They came in, presumably, with a parent or parents, and so the correct policy is for us to enforce federal law and deport the whole family to the home country,” Kobach said while speaking to a pair of CNN hosts Wednesday.
He says that the median age of DACA recipients is 25 and that it isn’t wrong to ask DACA recipients to go back to their birth country, then apply to re-enter the U.S. legally along with their family.
The CNN hosts insisted that many of the estimated 800,000 people who qualified for DACA have lived in the U.S. for 19 years, so they questioned where exactly “home” is for the young adults.
Kobach reminded the hosts that wherever “home” is, the Dreamers aren’t U.S. citizens. He said the government needs to be concerned with young Americans and job opportunities for them.
Dreamers were previously protected from deportation through the DACA program. Those who qualified for DACA arrived as minors, passed a background check, and gained a work permit to stay in the country.
Kobach said, “The idea that somehow it’s wrong to ask people to go back to their home country and to come in the right way, I just fundamentally disagree with that. We have a legal immigration system.”
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