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wwjd Wrote: Its really too early to know what deal will be reached with Republicans in control. If democrats had more power\influence, I wouldn't be concerned. My concern about permanent legal status with no path to citizenship, we are looking at having a "Class" of people who don't have Constitutional Rights. They legally would be second class citizens with less rights and less protection from being abused and taken advantage of.
Trust me - I share all of your concerns, but we also have to think about the bigger picture. Dreamers would already be citizens if it were up to me, but it isn't. Democrats have to recognize that we are the minority and since we are the minority we don't get to dictate the terms of any potential agreement.
Would permanent legal status with no (current) path to citizenship be better than rounding up millions of dreamers and shipping them back to a country they've never known? I think it would.
After we get the Dreamers permanent legal status, no matter how flawed it is, then we can move on to the next goal of granting them citizenship.
However, the only way that will happen is if Democrats can figure out how to come together and vote with one voice in Federal elections. If we keep splitting the vote or stay home on election day because our preferred candidate didn't get the nomination then our goal of solving this issue will never become reality.
wwjd Wrote: Very long term, this will be resolved in their favor, but will it be resolved in their life time? It would be unfair\unjust\inhuman for them to live their entire lives as individuals who can't vote, don't have constitutional rights. The concern I have that there will always be higher political priorities so, like gun shootings in schools, the issue is a stalemate where the costs never rise high enough to create change; we accept the the problem as being within normal boundaries because it affects so few people, and the odds of it impacting us personally or anyone we directly know, is next to nothing.
I think it will be solved in Dreamers lifetimes because minorities will become the majority in their (and my) lifetimes. That is what scares the right so much - the "browning" of America.
"A cornered rat will bite the cat." The rat (white, right-wing, Anglo-saxon Christians) sense danger and are doing whatever it takes to defeat the cat (liberals/brown people). The rat will eventually lose the battle, but it won't be without inflicting some damage to the cat.