Sens. Isakson and Perdue both discuss the need for Congress to take the lead on immigration and the wind-down of DACA gives them a chance to do exactly that. There are 800,000 young adults who now look to Congress to find a way to legalize and stabilize their status in the United States, the only country they know. These Dreamers are educated, are fluent in English, and aren’t criminals. They are our neighbors, our colleagues, our friends.
Sen. Perdue has shown his willingness to discuss immigration by co-sponsoring the RAISE Act, a bill set to drastically alter legal immigration. The RAISE Act puts a premium on merit by assigning more points to those who are young, educated and English-proficient. Sounds like Dreamers to me.
Let’s put two and two together. We’ve acknowledged the need for the skills that Dreamers have. The Dreamers are already here, have gone through security checks, and call this country home. It’s time for Congress to stabilize the status of these worthy individuals — not just for their sake, but for ours.
Tracie L. Klinke