The Dustin Inman Society has been fighting immigration amnesty since 2005. We oppose President Donald Trump’s DACA amnesty that would surely lead to U.S. citizenship for at least 1.8 million illegal aliens, which is already far in excess of the 690,000 illegal aliens registered for Obama’s illegal DACA decree. Further, we reject any plan that rewards any illegal aliens with a path to U.S. citizenship.
We note that the pending offer is a direct contradiction of candidate Trump’s campaign pledge of “there will be no more amnesty.” Despite the promised— but long-delayed — possible benefits to the American immigration system, there are other multiple and obvious reasons for opposition to President Trump’s framework. As pro-enforcement conservatives, we are disappointed that some trusted elected Republican leaders are supporting the amnesty that would lead to an eventual surge in hostile Democrat voters.
Because most of illegal immigration is a direct result of illegal employment, we cannot support a compromise that does not include an E-Verify requirement.
It was proved in 1986 that amnesty does not stop illegal immigration. In fact even the discussion of another amnesty always, including today, results in increased illegal border crossings. In addition to what has sadly become “normal” illegal immigration, reports are that so many father-led families are crossing the U.S. border that immigration agents don’t have room to hold them.
Over 100,000 “unaccompanied alien minors” have rushed the border and been quietly released inside the U.S. since FY 2016. It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that the anti-borders mob will be howling for future repeated amnesties “for the children” at regular intervals. Think, “a DACA a decade.”
Visa overstays are being ignored in the debate
As we have been continuously reminding all concerned, about half of the illegal aliens in the U.S. do not come over our borders illegally. They come on legal, temporary visas and refuse to go home. The president could put up a wall across the entire southern border tomorrow and it would not end the visa overstay crisis or illegal immigration.
The Department of Homeland Security reported that in 2016 alone, 629,000 visa holders overstayed their visas as students, workers or tourists.
Readers need to know that for proponents of open borders, the DACA approach is merely an admitted first step to full blanket amnesty for all illegal aliens.
We agree with the President that Americans are dreamers too and support the pending comprehensive legislation called “Securing America’s Future Act (H.R. 4760)” introduced in the U.S. House by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. You can read an outline of that compromise here. You can see if your own Georgia representative supports the bill here.
D.A. King is a nationally recognized authority on illegal immigration and president of the Georgia-based Dustin Inman Society.