Op-ed: Telling Dreamers to ‘get in line’ misses the mark on immigration

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and other young immigrants march with supporters as they arrive at the Capitol in Washington, March 5, 2018.
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Josh Smith, of the Center for Growth and Opportunity, suggests that common arguments against DACA do not reflect the economic benefit that immigrants create in the United States. He argues that current media discussions of President Obama’s DACA program fail to acknowledge that immigrant “Dreamers” are not responsible for their parents’ choice to illegally cross the border and advocates for a clear path to citizenship for those who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Read the full piece as it was published by the Deseret News.

CGO scholars and fellows frequently comment on a variety of topics for the popular press. The views expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Center for Growth and Opportunity or the views of Utah State University.