In Columbus Dispatch’s LTE Jan 25th, we continue to make a case for sensible immigration policies. Pres. Trump wants to deport DACA, Dreamers, young people who are harming no one. Where is the Moral Right? Your silence is deafening.
Why We Must Continue to Support Sensible Immigration Policies?
Why would anyone be talking about immigration now? The Trump administration supposedly has different priorities with a focus on deportation and building a wall. However, that is not exactly the complete story on current immigration. The history and realities of America as a strong nation of immigrants and innovation depict a more complex but useful picture. Here are some facts that are worth repeating and will help us get to more sensible laws on immigration moving forward: *Students who come from all over the world to attend our colleges and universities are a huge economic boost to the economy. If after having being trained by the best, some want to stay and add their talents to building our economy, it makes sense to support them. *Unemployment is down generally but certain fields like STEM still suffer from labor shortage. It’s in our best interest to support the retention of talented graduates. *Young people who know no other country but this one and continue to exhibit their love and devotion to the U.S. through their hard work, school, and service should be allowed to contribute even more to the nation. Forcing them to leave is inhumane and counterintuitive. No wonder in 2016, Trump voiced his support for them stating, “We’re going to work something out that’s going to make people happy and proud. They got brought here at a very young age, they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.” – President-elect Donald Trump, (Time Magazine, 12/8/16). Consequently, the recently introduced bi-partisan bill, the BRIDGE Act, deserves everyone’s support for this very reason. There’s no better time for sensible immigration policies.
Why is Portman supporting Devos? Sen Portman speaks a lot about the failures of Washington to protect the interests of average Ohioans in fact Portman spent his past Senate campaign telling us how out of touch Washington was with our Ohio values like fairness, personal responsibility, and seeking the best opportunity for our children. You can imagine my confusion then when Sen Portman makes a statement regarding Betsy Devos not paying the fine levied against her by the Ohio Department of