Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham reminded liberals up in arms over the demise of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that many American dreamers are legally chasing their dreams.
Ingraham said President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, with a six-month delay, is necessary for the good of the country.
“Americans are dreamers too. They have a lot of dreams that have not been fulfilled because of a variety of reasons. A lot of them have to do with politicians not doing what they said they would do,” she said.
“American citizens want a better life. They want their kids in schools that aren’t overcrowded. They want health care that doesn’t rise in its costs 20 percent, 18 percent a year, so that’s number one,” Ingraham said, citing cost areas all affected by illegal immigration.
Ingraham said the issue comes down to a battle between “sob stories” and respect for the rule of law.
“We still are a nation of laws,” she said, rejecting the idea that America should “incentivize people who cross our borders illegally” and allow “a whole new level of chain migration” through amnesty to DACA participants, known as dreamers.
She said the reality of DACA is not at all like the picture of it conjured up by liberals.
“I think people have to understand what the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is really all about. We’re not talking about mass deportation of people if Donald Trump doesn’t do what kind of the middle or the left wants him to do on this,” Ingraham said. “It’s about giving work permits and federal benefits to people who are as advanced in their age as the age of 36.”
Med.age of DREAMers is 23, eligible up to 36 yo, w/ misdemeanors. Not abt deportation–but granting work permits & fed benefits.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 5, 2017
“People think we’re talking about like 10-, 11-year-old kids. The median age of dreamers is about 22, 23 years old. So those are things you have to take into account,” she said.
For every DACA enrollee with a tale of woe, there is one from a legal American just as important, Ingraham said.
“For every sob story — and there are many of them … I can (tell) you a sob story or a difficult circumstance from an American citizen, as Donald Trump called them during the campaign, ‘the forgotten men and women,’” she said. “Those forgotten men and women who showed up were Hispanics, they were African-Americans, they were people from all walks of life.”
She said the law has to be paramount, a lesson Congress should keep in mind.
“We don’t rule by emotion. We rule by law,” Ingraham added. “So if Congress wants to push basically a de facto amnesty of a million people and think that somehow middle America is going to stand up and cheer, good luck.”
Ingraham said that Trump was right to tune out advisers who wanted him to scrap his campaign promise to end the program.
“Remember how you won the presidency. You won the presidency by defying all these conventional wisdom-mongers and the usual suspects who are doing the bidding of big business, Silicon Valley and all these other interest groups,” Ingraham said. “You won by standing for the forgotten man of every background, of every creed and of every religion. Those people need jobs. They need the government to do its job, which includes the rule of law. Remember who elected you.”
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source: Western Journalism