Now it’s time to protect the “Dreamers”

“Thank goodness that’s over,” as the New York Times is reporting in an editorial this morning.

“On Monday the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House 266 to 150 to reopen the federal government and fund it through Feb. 8, as well as to stop holding hostage the health care of almost nine million poor kids — and not a moment too soon. Shutdowns may make good partisan theater, but they don’t make any winners.

“Now perhaps Congress will finally get around to taking up a bill to protect the nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers, immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children — legislation that almost nine in 10 Americans support.

“That, at least, was the offer the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, made in order to break the stalemate. It wasn’t an ironclad promise, of course, and given Mr. McConnell’s record, it’s fair of many Democrats and other people of good faith to question his word.

“Nonetheless, the spotlight is now where it should be: on the failure of President Trump and Republicans in Congress to take care of the Dreamers, despite their repeated claims that they want to.”

“Mr. Trump has sent wildly contradictory messages. The Dreamers, he said last February, are “absolutely incredible kids” who deserve to be treated “with heart.” And yet, in September he created this problem by ordering an end to the program if Congress didn’t find a permanent fix by March 5.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

3 thoughts on “Now it’s time to protect the “Dreamers””

  1. Ask Susan Collins and Jeff Flake.
    You can trust Mitch McConnell when pigs fly out of our butts and solve world hunger.

  2. If we deal with the dreamers properly then we can avoid a recurrence of the problem in just a few years as we have for the last forty. If we do not the problem and the debate will return and more children and others will die on our southern border.

  3. What do you see as the solution for the dreamers, John? I think that the current situation (dreamers & Haitians out, but not Norwegians) is more about Republicans wanting to rid the country of potential citizens/voters who aren’t white and, thus, are less likely to vote Republican in the future.

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