- - Monday, September 4, 2017


Even under ideal circumstances, raising children is a difficult task. But millions of families gladly accept the task of bringing children into our world, doing their best to give them a good upbringing. To me, that is where Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has failed.

We now have an estimated 800,000 children that have been provided temporary immigration protection for their parents’ (or whoever is responsible) illegal actions. These children, regardless of the emotional stories that may accompany many of them, have all been raised in an environment that says it’s OK to break the law. Their parents did not do the right thing, and they have now passed their responsibility on to “We the People.” I’d like to see DACA rewritten by a congressional law that requires the parents to come forward, admit their wrongdoing, pay some fine (probably based on length of time in the country) and become subject to immigration law themselves.

Many may view this as too harsh. I view it as a lesson to the illegals’ kids that living in this country requires abiding by the law. This is a valuable lesson that I would hope we would want any resident (legal or not) to understand.


Gilbert, Ariz.

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