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My Thoughts on DACA (Hate me if you will)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, was rescinded today by the Trump Administration. Before I get into this, I do want to say that I have empathy for those who are here illegally and did not make that choice on their own. Your parents brought you to this incredible country to give you a chance to achieve the American Dream.

With that being said, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you.

No matter how you slice it, you’ve committed a major crime (and possibly more).

Steven Crowder, the conservative host of the show Louder with Crowder, perfectly explains this paradigm in his video regarding the DACA situation. Watch below (TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the humor in this video is pretty tasteless).

In case you didn’t watch the video, here is a list of potential violations one has made in the past:

  • Tax Fraud
  • Social Security Fraud
  • Create a false ID/License
  • Using a false SSN
  • Falsifying tax documents
  • Illegal Entry

I’m sure there are more.

Here’s the dilemma: what do we do now?

We’ve already started the process with 800,000 “dreamers.” Can we just pull their visas/loans/jobs/status out of thin air? Technically speaking, yes. In the most basic level, if you enter this country illegally, you do not have the same rights as someone who is born here. The United States has been a gracious host for not only allowing you to stay, but also to educate you and feed you while you’re here (and if you think that illegal immigrants are not taking advantage of the system, I have a bridge to sell you!). You should consider yourself lucky to have been given the opportunities that you have received thus far.

Studies have shown that “most” of the 800,000 “dreamers” who receive DACA benefits have committed some sort of crime. While these crimes are generally “victimless” crimes (i.e. paying income tax using a false SSN – yes, that is a crime) they are crimes nonetheless.

Should we deport these dreamers?

Honestly, I don’t know. They seem to be the ones who are trying to create a better life for themselves and they are no longer living in the shadows, maybe we should keep these 800,000 dreamers. However, the bigger issue isn’t about deporting the “dreamers” that are already in the country, but rather preventing more “dreamers” from coming into this country illegally.

I’m not a perfect person. I want to give you an example of how getting away with something can lead to extremely bad habits, in this case, opening up our country to massive liability.

I am a huge fan of Starbucks. They have a refill option for brewed drinks (coffee, ice coffee, teas, etc) but it’s for same visits only. You aren’t supposed to leave and come back a few hours later and get a free or cheap refill. A few years ago, the local Starbucks I went to decided to allow me to be able to get a refill later in the day. I was able to do this a few days in a row. When I went in one day and there was someone from another store, I had an entitlement that I was allowed to get a free refill even though I bought the drink 5 hours ago. I was told by that employee what the real Starbucks policy was but I refused to accept it because I was accustomed to be treated a certain way.

But how does Starbucks lead to DACA? If you allow 800,000 illegal immigrants to stay in this country without any sort of reprimand and instead reward them, you are going to have a massive immigration problem. Which is where we are now!

Stop the bleeding!

We need to stop allowing illegal immigrants into this country. We need to stop protecting those who bring their children here in hopes of having their kids save them from deportation. Should we deport the “dreamers”? No. We really shouldn’t. We should find the exceptional ones, give them green cards, help them secure their schooling, then have them pay a higher tax for the first 5 years of their professional life to help pay their dues. However, deporting all of the dreamers would be a bad act of faith for the dreamers and to the American people as a whole.

Here are three things I think we should do to try and solve the problem.

  1. Secure the future of the brightest DACA/Dreamers. They will be a big help to the growth of the community and our economy.
  2. Secure our border and make sure that we minimize the number of people who slip through the cracks. In all reality, we can’t have people coming into this country illegally. I don’t care if you believe that this land isn’t ours. We are an incorporated country with laws, and even visitors have to follow them.
  3. Get rid of the bad apples. If we find that “dreamers” are committing crimes or have a record, we need to get them out. We cannot allow criminals to reap the benefits that hard working Americans have sown.

Conclusion: We have a much bigger problem than you realize.



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