Manny Santos' Stance: Why can’t Congress reach a deal on illegal immigration? Children that were brought illegally into this country by their parents and are in the DACA program, and who have been educated in American schools, speak our language and are productive individuals, should not be held hostage because our representatives in Congress are not willing to reach a deal. These individuals should have a clear path to permanent residency, not be kept in limbo used as pawns by our elected representatives. The vast majority of the parents of DACA children are hardworking members of our society. If we value the integrity of a loving family, we cannot separate them. On the other hand, we cannot reward law-breaking; they cannot become citizens, but they too should have a clear path to legal status. This is a compromise from both sides, and it can be done tomorrow, but not with the current representation in Congress.
However, the southern border must be secured, before any legislation to address this issue. I will support funding for "the wall." I will support the immediate deportation of illegal aliens in our federal prison system; however, the border must be properly secured (or we risk them coming back in).
Securing our border and solving our problem with illegal immigration will: stop drug and human trafficking; stop many criminals from entering our country; cut down on wage dilution; and reduce spending on welfare programs.
My parents brought us to this country to escape an authoritarian regime and to leave a subsistence life behind. Indeed, they left everything they knew, so that I and my siblings could have a better life. This better life comes with responsibilities and rules that all must follow in order to live a tranquil life. Reasonable people can disagree, but only with honest discussions can good people agree to solve real problems.