What "Dreamers" Need to Understand

This weekend the US government shut down for the 19th time, as the Senate Democrats filibustered in order to avoid funding the US government because they want Republicans to agree to pass a bill guaranteeing foreign nationals protected under the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Executive Order the right to citizenship, along with additional guaranteed, similar provisions.

People protected by DACA (also known as dreamers) were brought here by their parents, illegally when they were just children, thereby making them non-complicit in the fact that they are breaking Federal law.

For the last year and a half, since President Trump's tough talk on immigration and his win of the White House, we have heard and seen protests throughout the country from those benefiting from DACA, as well as their supporters.

However, there are a few things that dreamers and their supporters need to understand, as they attempt to enforce demands and strong-arm America into giving in to those demands.

1.  Remember that dreamers are here illegally.

Although the case may be made that dreamers did not come here by their own volition, they are still here illegally and are in violation of Federal law. As such, they are in no position to dictate to anyone in this country demands or terms for anything.

2.  Despite being foreign nationals here illegally, US citizens are open to negotiating their stay.

Americans understand very well that we are indeed a country of immigrants and we do have big hearts and would like to see progress made on this issue.  Most Americans do not want to see dreamers deported. I would suggest that a vast majority of the country (including myself) would like to see dreamers stay in this country, the only one they've ever known. We want them to continue to thrive and live full, happy lives. If Americans were really as cold-hearted as they suggest we are, dreamers would already be back in whatever country they originated from.

3.  Dreamers are not entitled to services and protections granted to legal citizens.

Although most Americans do not wish to see dreamers deported, it is completely unfair for foreign nationals to receive access to free education, free healthcare and/or any other taxpayer funded benefits reserved for US citizens. Additionally, no foreign national here illegally has the right to vote. Concerning benefits, we can barely take care of our veterans - people who have fought to defend this country. Dreamers that are receiving any sort of public assistance should be thankful that they are able to participate in such a system that, in many cases, prioritizes them over people who actually defend the very norms and borders foreigners seek to destroy.

4. Conservatives, Libertarians and President Trump are not your enemies.

DACA was an unconstitutional executive order signed in 2012 by then-President Obama right before the 2012 election as a way to help shore up the Latino voting base. Democrats/Progressives don't care about dreamers any more than they care about blacks. They pander to minorities every election cycle just for votes. This is why if you go back to just 2006, Chuck Schumer, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and more Democrats are on camera advocating the same tough immigration stances that you now hear from Republicans. DACA was designed to be temporary, President Trump isn't "ending" it. He said in 2017 to let Congress work out a solution that was constitutional and he'd sign it. If Congress failed to act, he promised to fix it himself. But, you don't hear any of that in the media. President Trump and non-liberals want a solution, we just want it with protections for Americans, as well.

5. Where were Democrats from 2012 until now?

As mentioned above, DACA was always temporary. So, it begs the question as to why this was not a priority for Democrats until the end of 2017. They have had five years to draft legislation to protect DACA recipients and dreamers. But, they didn't. And now, I can't turn on the television or get on social media without witnessing the hysterical ravings of Democrat "leaders" force-feeding this issue down America's throat. But, they've had five years. And they did nothing. Why? Because they always do nothing. And when it becomes politically expedient, they resort to hysterics and pretend like they actually care about their base beyond the votes they provide. In fact, a leaked memo co-authored by Jennifer Palmieri, former Clinton communications director, spells out very clearly why we had this budget shutdown, calling on Democrats to "refuse to offer votes for any Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for dreamers..."  She goes on to say, "the fight to protect dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success." And that failure to support dreamers would "jeopardize Democrats' electoral chances in 2018 and beyond." Democrats are using the issues surrounding immigration, to secure future voters. Nothing more, nothing less. They don't really care. Remember that in the 2018 midterms.

6.  Immigrants to America should be expected to fully assimilate into American culture. 

The ability to participate in this country is a privilege, not a right. In exercising this privilege, dreamers (and frankly any immigrants) should be fully willing to assimilate into our culture. This is already a requirement in other countries, such as Austria and Switzerland. Immigrants (legal or not) and dreamers waving flags of their home country in protest to ours or refusing to speak English or demanding that we change our systems to accommodate them is a blatant sign of contempt and is a slap in the face to a nation that is sacrificing its own to cater to the whims of people who, in many cases, shouldn't even be here in the first place.

7.  One's illegal status is an affront to immigrants who came into this country the right way.

Finally, please keep in mind that dreamers and any illegal immigrant skipped the line. They literally just cut in front of people who have taken the time and spent the money to come into America through the proper channels. Making demands and pushing blanket amnesty demeans their foreign counterparts who have gone through just as much hardship, but who respect all that America offers enough to do their best to come in the right way.

Final Thought

Dreamers and foreign nationals living here illegally, you are great people. You want to contribute to this country and make the best life you can for yourself and your family - we get it. But, please keep in mind all of the points above. Protesting, shouting at, screaming obscenities at law abiding citizens of this country is the wrong approach to getting what you want. Remember, you are guests and we are doing what we can, but even the patience of moderate voices arguing for your right to be here is starting to erode.