Efforts are underway to prey on public sympathy and gain legal status for the so-called DACA immigrants, who claim to have been brought here while they were young children and to have had no part in the decision to immigrate illegally.
First, the U.S. is not responsible for their being here illegally; the parents or other sponsors are responsible for the "children" being here illegally. Somehow, the parents seem to be forgotten in the pleas for exception. If the "children" were deported, their illegally present parents could also be deported and thus the family would not "be torn apart."
Also, these wonderful children who have never known life outside the U.S. could take their talents and assets to the countries where they are citizens, and benefit that country.
Imagine what a huge burden and expense it would be to try to verify the claims of millions of persons that they were brought to the U.S. as children, involuntarily, and at what time they came, and their true age at arrival.
Most of the claims could not possibly be verified. Such attempts are not worth the expense to taxpayers; this country is already indebted by trillions of dollars.
We should not feel guilty about deporting illegal aliens. They are citizens of another county and they owe it the respect and loyalty to return and help it according to their abilities. If they wish later to immigrate to the U.S., they can follow the legal procedures prescribed for admittance.
Elizabeth Van Staaveren, McMinnville
Van Staaveren is a member of Oregonians for Immigration Reform.
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