Tom Cotton: Sure, We Can Support Dreamers, But, We Have To Shut Down The Illegal Alien Pipeline

Today is the day that President Trump is slated to announce his decision on Obama’s lawless and un-Constitutional DACA. What will he announce? We’ll see. Tom Cotton has some ideas

(Washington Examiner) Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who after the departure of Jeff Sessions has emerged as the Senate’s leading immigration hawk, says he would support the legalization of all current DACA recipients — nearly 800,000 of them — if Congress would at the same time pass measures to protect Americans workers from the effects of that legalization.

“We ought to take care of them,” Cotton said in a telephone conversation Sunday, noting that DACA recipients arrived in this country illegally “through no fault of their own.”

Again, this brings up the notion of what to do with the parent(s) who brought them. Do we reward the parent(s) for breaking federal law while bringing their children who are now “entitled” to some sort of legal status through “no fault of their own?”

“In any legislative fix, I would like to see them receive a green card,” Cotton said. At the same time, he continued, “We ought to recognize that giving them legal status has two problems. First, it creates a whole new class of people who will then be eligible for a green card and citizenship — namely, the extended family members of those who will receive legal status who can, through chain migration, get legal status themselves.”

“Second,” Cotton said, “it will encourage more illegal immigration.”

And that is the rub. If you reward lawless behavior, you will get more lawless behavior.

The first problem can be fixed by passing the RAISE Act, Cotton said — the bill Cotton has sponsored with fellow GOP Sen. David Perdue that would strictly limit chain migration as well as re-balance current immigration policy in favor of skilled immigrants.

The second problem could be addressed by extending E-verify across the country, which Cotton called “the best way to reduce more illegal immigration.”

They’re partial ideas, but neither full deals with the concept of illegal immigration. The RAISE Act is more about those coming in legally. E-verify can only deal with those who are caught, and only if law enforcement does something. I offered some recommendations at the end of this post yesterday regarding DACA. We can be sympathetic while also being tough. There are ways to deal with the needed workers with temporary work permits while also being tough on illegals. To start with, if you are caught illegally in the U.S., you see a judge who asks if you are in the U.S. illegally. That’s it. No asking “why.” When the answer is yes, you are deported immediately. If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.

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11 Responses to “Tom Cotton: Sure, We Can Support Dreamers, But, We Have To Shut Down The Illegal Alien Pipeline”

  1. Jeffery says:

    The alt-right-wing should thank President Obama. The “Dreameres” are registered with the Federal gov’t and the info often includes data on their parents. tRump and his band should be able to track them all down and deport them, no problem.

    • david7134 says:

      Now you see why we think Obama was a total dumbass. The hand writing was on the wall on that one.

      • Jeffery says:

        We suspect the naive President Obama couldn’t appreciate the self-defeating villainy of the alt-right-wing of America. If Congress doesn’t do the right thing, the GOP will get the message soon enough.

        Do you want Congress to create a bill that keeps DACA intact?

        • Dana says:

          I want the Congress to not change the immigration laws. Deliberately leaving them unchanged is a statement that they like the immigration laws the way they currently stand.

      • Dana says:

        A dumbass? He got what he wanted, and severely limited his successor’s ability to change it.

    • Dana says:

      Alas! Under our worst President ever, the federal government promised the DACA applicants that the information provided would not be used for anything other than the DACA process. If the current President attempted to use the DACA applications thus, any actions through those applications would be thrown out by the courts.

  2. Jl says:

    J be-clowns himself again. “Thank Obama…the dreamers are registered and the info often includes data on their parents.” I get it-so that’s why libs like to call them “undocumented” because they’re ..wait…documented!

  3. Jeffery says:


    Is the Earth warming?

    So you say the Dreamers are documented!! Good. No need to deport them.

    Anyway… Since there are some 11 million undocumented immigrants, why does Congress only fund the removal of a couple hundred thousand a year? In addition, the Supreme Court has made it clear that the executive branch can prioritize the removal of undocumented immigrants

  4. Jl says:

    J be-clowns himself yet again. “So you say the dreamers are documented!!”. No, fool. I didn’t say it, but you said it yourself in the first post where you said “the Dreamers are registered with the federal government.” Everything ok there, J?

  5. Jeffery says:

    j typed:

    because they’re ..wait…documented

    You didn’t type that?

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