Following the agreement to temporarily reopen the government came news that a special committee of Senators and U.S. Representatives has been formed to reach a legislative solution to funding border security and other immigration issues including the future of young undocumented immigrants brought here by their parents at no fault of their own known as the Dreamers.
For years now, Dreamers have been living their lives with uncertainty. Without Congressional action in the last year, their concerns have only grown. How is it possible to plan for a future when you are at risk of deportation? How is it possible to start a business or get married when you don’t know what your future holds?
Dreamers are teachers, firefighters, workers, and men and women in our armed services. Communities across the country are suffering because of Congressional inaction.
According to a report published by the CATO Institute, a Washington, D.C., think-tank, DACA recipients — if allowed to remain in the United States — would add $350 billion to the economy over the next decade, simply by being able to work.
With the Supreme Court declining to hear challenges regarding DACA and the threat of another costly government shutdown looming, it's now more important than ever for Congress to act on a solution that gives Dreamers a permanent solution and funds border security.