We’re glad that President Trump made the right decision and ended the Obama administration’s unlawful, unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals plan, which granted amnesty to nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants who came here as minors. We’re glad precisely because it was unconstitutional – the president does not have the authority to simply override the laws of Congress just because he feels like it. This was a concept Barack Obama professed to understand in his speeches, but failed to follow through on in his actions. Ending the program was an act of necessity, and one that will save the federal government untold amounts of money in court, where they would be defending an unwinnable case.
So yes, if there is going to be an amnesty bill, we’re glad to see that it will originate in Congress.
But that doesn’t mean that this country needs an amnesty bill.
Just look at this new report from the Center for Immigration Studies, because it shows in painstaking detail what will happen if Congress gives even a modest number of DACA recipients legal status under the law.
Even a modest amnesty limited to the roughly 690,000 illegal immigrants participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could eventually add another 1.4 million new immigrants, according to a study released Wednesday.
The report, prepared by the Center for Immigration Studies, examines the impact of “chain migration” since the early 1980s and projects how family-sponsored migration would boost numbers from the original amnesty of so-called “dreamers.”
From 1981 to last year, according to the study, an estimated 20 million immigrants gained legal entry into the United States through sponsorship by what the paper terms “initiating immigrants” who came on work visas or as refugees. That is 61 percent of the 33 million total immigrants during that time period.
Jessica Vaughan, the author of the study, said she thinks 1.4 million is a conservative estimate. Chain migration not only accounts for a majority of the migration to America, but it is a far higher share of Mexican immigration. And Mexicans make up about 80 percent of the people enrolled in DACA.
This is the fire we’re playing with if we give amnesty to these Dreamers. We can’t afford to think with our “hearts” in cases like these. No one’s saying we need to spend the resources to go around and throw all of these individuals in a deportation van tomorrow, but it is not in our long-term national interest to provide yet another carrot to the next generation of illegal immigrants. We’ve been down this road before, and we have seen the fruit of that crop.