(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) If Congress decides to give Dreamers citizenship or legal status, it could be at great cost to taxpayers, according to Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies.
President Donald Trump ordered an end to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the controversial immigration program for children brought to the United States illegally, in September. In the process he left the “Dreamers’” legal status up to Congress — the institution with the Constitutional power to make laws about immigration and citizenship.
Vaughan testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday to warn about the negative consequences of giving Dreamers amnesty. She said the nearly 700,000 Dreamers have below-average education and skills, which could make them more likely to collect government assistance.
“While a number of DACA recipients appear to be well-educated and successful, at the same time there appear to be many — the roughly 40 percent with no education beyond high school — who likely are working in relatively low-paying jobs that do not require much education or skills,” Vaughan said.
Vaughan said providing blanket amnesty to DACA participants could signal that the United States will not enforce its immigration laws, sparking a new wave of illegal immigration.
If Congress gives amnesty, Vaughan suggested it should apply to only the current generation.
“As a result of chain migration, Vaughan anticipates that an amnesty for DACA recipients also will be a de facto amnesty for the parents and other relatives of DACA beneficiaries, adding, at a minimum, an additional 1.4 million immigrants,” a CIS press release said.
She said amnesty for Dreamers should come with workplace enforcement of immigration rules, such as the Legal Workforce Act, which would mandate nationwide E-verify and ensure only U.S. citizens can hold American jobs.
“An amnesty is appropriate only if it is limited to the approximately 700,000 people who now have DACA benefits, and only if it is enacted along with other provisions to mitigate the unavoidable costs, increases in chain migration, and encouragement to illegal immigration that will ensue,” Vaughan said.