A Victory for DREAMers

This morning, a few days after a pair of undocumented students called off their hunger strike at the Obama for America campaign headquarters in Denver, their demand was met: The Department of Homeland Security will no longer deport some young people who qualify under conditions similar to the DREAM Act. The New York Times reports that an estimated 800,000 immigrants will be covered by the new policy.

I think it is a good thing that those immigrants will no longer face deportation. I don’t know if it’s such a good thing that the policy has been effected by executive order. It feels like the executive branch is doing the legislating and the enforcing. But mostly I find it rather sad that an executive order was required to stop deporting kids from their homes, and that it took so much pressure from the president’s constituency before that was even done.

I also of course don’t think the DREAM Act goes far enough towards equality. As I wrote about it in 2010:

People illegally brought to live here as children should not be forced by threat of deportation to adhere to arbitrary standards of education or behavior which are not required of children who happened to be born to parents who are citizens. Conditional nonimmigrants [as defined by the DREAM Act] will pay the same Federal taxes, contribute equally or more to society and the state, and enjoy fewer freedoms than citizens.

My sentiment on borders hasn’t changed, either. Abolish them all.


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