DACA wasn’t the answer.

President Trump has rescinded former President Obama’s DACA executive order with a six month phase out period. This executive order was supposed to protect undocumented immigrant children who had been brought to this country at a young age and grown up here as knowing nothing but the United States as their home from being deported while they were still attending school. DACA’s biggest problem is that it didn’t offer any pathway to citizenship. An executive order can’t give that, only Congress can.

I really feel for these young people who DACA was protecting. A lot of them have no memory of their home country and many of them can’t even speak their parents’ native language. These kids are American in every way but they aren’t citizens.

What President Trump did by rescinding DACA could be the best thing that could happen to these young people who it affects. As I pointed out above, DACA could not give these young people with a pathway to citizenship, which is what they really need. This puts pressure on Congress to pass legislative protection for them. This could allow for a pathway to citizenship.

But what I would really like to see is our whole immigration laws to change to allow for anyone who is not a danger to the health and safety of anyone residing in the U.S. to enter this country on a two-year provisional work visa. A background check and a blood test would be all that would need to be passed for this visa. At the end of that two-year period if their has been no problem and they have earned a legal income in the U.S. for 80% of the time they have been in the country the provisional visa would be changed to give the immigrant resident alien status. Any problems during that two-year period would result in deportation.

I would also allow anyone residing in this country illegally to apply for the provisional visa but no time spent here illegally would count for anything. Children brought here illegally could apply for the provisional visa and those under eighteen would not be required to meet the 80% income requirement as long as their sponsoring parent or guardian was either meeting the requirement or are U.S. citizens. Completion of honorable military service would allow for immediate application for citizenship on honorable discharge.

The background check would look for any violent misdemeanors or any felonies in the applicants background with any of those being grounds for denying the visa. The blood test would look for any communicable diseases, including STDs, that could pose a health risk to those that come in contact with the applicant. The blood test would also look for the presence of illegal drugs.

I know the U.S. State Department would also have a list of people not to allow in, and that’s fine, but I can’t see a reason to make immigrating into the U.S. any more difficult than I have outlined.

I’d love to hear any thoughts you have on this topic.

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