What to Do about the DREAMers

My (humble) DACA take:

Denying citizenship to DREAMers isn’t “punishment,” as some suggest, but a sad consequence of their parents choosing to break the law and jump ahead of those who (foolishly, it turns out) obeyed the rules.

Please note that children often pay the price for the sins of their parents–this is not confined to DREAMers.
There are innumerable hard luck cases when it comes to immigration–that’s why people come here. Why should DREAMers take precedence over all others?

Granting DREAMers citizenship now will likely produce even more illegal immigration in the future. Is that what we want?

My (compassionate) suggestion:

Give DREAMers legal status so they can continue to live and work here without fear, as long as they continue to otherwise obey the law. But if they want to receive citizenship, they’ll have to get in line with everyone else.

Note: Whatever is decided in the coming months, remember that DACA itself was an illegitimate presidential action that must be remedied by Congress.

Now let’s all get back to work.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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