If my daughter were to break a law–being a child of a middle classed man–I suspect that she would not be getting amnesty for her actions. Likewise, this would be the truth for many of our children in America. Why should the children of non-citizens, who entered the country illegally, be any different? This is a question of Justice.
Many foreigners are attempting, admirably, to become American citizens legally. By no means am I trying to say that I understand fully the process, or their plight. But I imagine that it is a somewhat slow process–as are all processes when you try to apply for anything with local, state, and federal American governmental entities. Why, then, should foreigners who respect the law, to include their children, have to follow a different standard than illegal aliens who snuck across our border in the dark of night? Not only is this a question of Justice but a question of equity and fair play.
Barack Obama enacted DACA, not through the Congress, but through Executive Order. True, Donald Trump reversed it through Executive Order, but where is the outrage from the liberals for their President who stepped all over the Constitution? Patriotism is a Catholic quality when seeking the common good…to include the well being of citizens and legal immigrants.
What lesson do we teach the ‘dreamers’ and the current generation of American youth when we reward law breaking with amnesty? Do we give law breakers a ‘get out of jail free’ card, disregarding our nations laws? Do we disrespect the natural law which illuminates the desire of all peoples to live in a safe environment?
If these ‘dreamers’ were from Italy, Poland, or Switzerland, would the left be so eager to use them in as political pawns in their game of race, gender, and ethnicity politics? This is a question of integrity and decency.
Catholics are taught from an early age that if we cheat, steal, or lie, we are sinning. Isn’t breaking a law and trying to capitalize on this lawlessness a sin? But they are only children you say! Well, actually, the average age of a ‘dreamer’ is 26. Well beyond the age of naïve innocence. Secondly, statistically, 30% of ‘dreamers’ have committed a crime while in America. We must take off the rose tinted glasses and look at this objectively. Our children are burdened with 20+ Trillion dollar government debt, skyrocketing college costs, and a tough job market. Resources are not infinite.
Is it wrong to think of our children first? Charity can still exist. But love of family must come first. Charity begins at home.
DACA is just the opposite.