Protect Dreamers, Protect Our Borders

Protect Dreamers, Protect Our Borders

By No Labels

Immigration is a complicated issue.

But the outline of a simple, workable, bipartisan package is emerging with the support of No Labels. And here’s the kicker: The deal would be popular on the left and the right.

Here’s how it would work: Congress would provide legal status for the “Dreamers,” the undocumented students and adults who were brought to the United States when they were children. At the same time, Washington would devote more resources to strengthening security at the border.

This is good policy and good politics.

More than two-thirds (71 percent) of the public think that politicians should compromise on immigration policy. And, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News survey, 65 percent of Americans support legislation that would pair relief for Dreamers with increased border security funding.

Protecting Dreamers and protecting our borders are both urgent priorities that demand immediate attention. Congress only has a few more months to find a legislative solution for the Dreamers. If they don’t, the Dreamers will be subject to deportation. Keep in mind:

And a secure border is the foundation for a secure country.

  • The CDC works with partners at every major port to watch for travelers with signs of infectious diseases in order to prevent outbreaks.
  • From Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, 2016, the Terrorist Screening Center recorded 538 encounters with known or suspected terrorists in the United States or at its borders, which includes flights, land, and maritime crossings.
  • And border agents can even help save baby tigers.

A bipartisan plan to protect Dreamers and protect our borders would be good for the country and help grow the economy. It also offers Democrats and Republicans the opportunity to work together on a significant issue which could become the catalyst for a bipartisan cooperation elsewhere.