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Are President Trump’s DACA demands reasonable?

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Press-Enterprise Editorial Board

Over the weekend, President Donald Trump offered a list of demands for any deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the president gave Congress six months to legislate on before upending the Obama-era directive.

Among the president’s demands are:

• Constructing a border wall with Mexico.

• Increasing resources to immigration enforcement, including 10,000 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

• Cracking down on sanctuary cities.

• Reducing the number of refugees and family sponsorships for immigrants.

• Requiring the use of the E-Verify program to keep illegal immigrants from getting jobs.

“President Trump has put forth a series of proposals that will restore the rule of law to our immigration system, prioritize America’s safety and security, and end the lawlessness,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “These are reasonable proposals that will build on the early success of President Trump’s leadership. This plan will work.”

But are the president’s demands reasonable? Will they work? That’s our Question of the Week for readers.

“The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans,” Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said in a joint statement. “The list includes the wall, which was explicitly ruled out of the negotiations. If the president was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good faith effort to do so.”

What do you think of DACA as a policy? Should we build a wall? Do you think sanctuary cities should be punished? Even if it means punishing those of us that now live in a “sanctuary state”? Should California rethink its policy?

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