Steve Coll argues that President Obama’s executive order granting deportation reprieve to “the most achievement-oriented and compliant” children of undocumented immigrants — modeled after the DREAM Act — is just grazing the surface of solving the immigration issue.
“The trouble with ‘dreamer’ thinking is that it gives credence to the notion that the best way to address America’s eleven million undocumented immigrants is through a prism of law and order. The same reasoning that presumes innocent children also presumes guilty parents. There are criminals among the undocumented, but most migrants came here to work, and, in many important respects, the United States invited and tolerated their activity.”
“The solution has been apparent for years: Congress needs to establish a legal, temporary-work program, legalize the law-abiding undocumented workers who are already here, and link that amnesty to sustainable enforcement measures for businesses and at the border. Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama have sought such a grand bargain in Congress; both have failed.”