YOUR OPINION: Demand Strict Requirements of ‘Dreamers’ if Program Survives
By Ilene Davis, CFP // December 28, 2017
congressional disposition on daca by March
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was an American immigration policy established by the Obama administration in June of 2012 that allowed some individuals who entered the country as minors, and had either entered or remained in the country illegally, to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit.
As of 2017, approximately 800,000 individuals—referred to as “Dreamers” after the DREAM Act bill—were enrolled in the DACA program. DACA was rescinded by the Trump administration in September 2017, and the fate of the program is now in the hands of Congress for a final statutory disposition regarding revision or permanent repeal of this Obama executive order.
As it stands now, unless Congress acts, those who qualified and enrolled in DACA will meet legal criteria for deportation by March of 2018.
The “rationale” behind giving amnesty to “Dreamers” is that they were innocent victims. However, they were also the beneficiary of a crime committed against legitimate Americans.
In fairness to those Americans who follow the law, I would like to propose specific requirements for any amnesty pathway for any person applying under DACA if Congress decides to maintain the program:
1. The parents of “Dreamers,” who by law committed a crime by illegally entering the U.S., must return to their country of origin.
2. Those allowed to stay in the US under DACA must never be allowed to be citizens as their existence here is the result of a crime.
3. If anyone receiving amnesty under DACA sends money out of the country, they automatically lose their amnesty and are required to return to the home country of their birth.
This would enable those who want to truly support America to stay, and not reward those who committed crimes by entering the U.S. illegally.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ilene Davis, a resident of Brevard County since 1971, is a Certified Financial Planner with a bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, a bachelors degree in Accounting from Rollins College, and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University. Davis became a stockbroker in 1982, earned her designation as a Certified Financial Planner in 1984, and with a desire to serve clients more on her own terms, opened her own financial consultant office in Cocoa Village in 1986. She has combined her professional and personal experience with keen financial insight and instinct into her first book, Wealthy By Choice: Choosing Your Way To A Wealthier Future, which was recently published by Tablet Publications of Cocoa Beach and is now available on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, TabletPublications.com and ChoosingWealth.com. She is committed to helping each client create their own “Financial Freedom Fund,” and believes strongly in free market capitalism and a “hand up rather than a hand-out” as the best path to prosperity.
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