Here is Senator Brown’s response to a question on DACA, or the “Dreamers”….(Comment: no mention that they have cost Lake County taxpayers $10,000 per year per “Dreamer” to educate them in our schools. Democrats want voters, Republicans want cheap labor, Churches want more parishioners – they do not care that the cost to educate and raise the children are borne by the Lake County taxpayers)
Dear Mr. ____________:
Thank you for getting in touch with me regarding the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program.
President Trump promised to prioritize violent criminals for deportation, not innocent children. We should not be targeting young people who are working, going to school, serving in our military, paying taxes, and contributing to this country.
In September, the Trump Administration announced the decision to end the DACA program, which provides legal resident status to over 800,000 young people – often referred to as “Dreamers.” These individuals were brought to this country as children by their parents. They have grown up here, they have gone to school, they have gone to college, and even served in our nation’s military. President Obama implemented the DACA program with the understanding that those who benefit from DACA came here through no fault of their own, and for most of them, America is the only home they have ever known.
Now, because of the decision to end DACA, nearly one million bright and talented young people, who pay taxes and contribute to this country, are at risk of being deported.
I have supported the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would create a path to legal permanent residency for “Dreamers” who entered the country prior to their 16th birthday, lived here for five consecutive years, and had completed two years of military service or college. Unfortunately, that bill has not yet passed.
I remain optimistic that Congress can agree on a solution for “Dreamers.”
We need a real solution to our broken immigration system. In 2013, I worked with both Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that invested in securing our border and created a process for people who are willing to work and pay taxes to earn their way to citizenship. Unfortunately, that bill did not pass the House and we have more work to do.
Should the DACA program, the DREAM Act, or immigration reform come before the Senate for a vote, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.
Thank you again for being in touch with me.
United States Senator