Arguing Against a DREAM

In arguing in favor of it Albert Hunt provides a pretty fair argument against any version of the DREAM Act, the proposed law that would allow individuals who came to the United States as children illegally to remain here legally. He addresses the president:

By all means, use an executive order to give work permits to, and avoid deportation of, the parents of those young undocumented “Dreamers.” Call it family values. The Republicans will go berserk, but the more vitriolic they get, the greater the probable voter backlash in November.

In other words, he sees the DREAM Act as a stalking horse for a general amnesty. I strongly suspect he’s misreading public opinion on this subject, including the opinion of legal immigrants.

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