The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals decision was wrong for many reasons.
First, it was the executive branch, the branch that enforces law, overstepping its constitutional rights into making law. The Congress is the branch of government charged with making all federal laws, including those governing immigration.
Congress considered, and ultimately chose not to pass, the Dream Act. By ignoring Congress, the President chose to ignore the will of the people and their legislators.
Secondly, the law grants effectively permanent amnesty to nearly 2 million people who were brought here illegally. This fact means that they will compete for jobs and resources with 2 million America citizens.
The unemployment rate for Americans under 30 is 25%. I have nearly 7% unemployment in my district. Among those in the services and trades, the number is much higher.
Stories about people being unable to feed their families hurt me deeply. This act will make their lives worse by ensuring that Americans now have to compete for those same jobs with nearly 2 million people brought here illegally.
Finally, this act sets a precedent for those considering immigrating to the US illegally in the future. If they are confident that their children will be given legal status, those who plan to violate our immigration laws in the future will be more determined.
I would address illegal immigration primarily by taking away the incentive to come here illegally. We must ensure that employers check the status of workers using E-Verify, we must ensure that we check the status of those who break our laws, and we must deny public benefits to those who flout our immigration laws.
We cannot punish those who wish to immigrate to America legally, the way that my own grandparents and my wife did, by allowing others to jump ahead.