The Dream Act could bring the rule of law back to immigration policy

When President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September, he also punted. He left it to Congress to decide if the country would extend lawful immigration status, via the long-stalled Dream Act, to undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.

There are compelling humanitarian and economic reasons to pass the bipartisan bill. The so-called Dreamers make real contributions to our society — 800,000 of them made use of DACA to further their educations and do essential work in our communities. Many have loved ones who are U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Dreamers are American in every sense of the word except for their immigration status.

But another, equally compelling reason to support the Dream Act is often overlooked. With the Trump administration turning immigration enforcement into a vigilante system, the Dream Act can help bring the rule of law back to immigration law.

To understand why, consider how the U.S. immigration system works. It is extremely difficult to come to the United States legally. For many, there simply is no line to stand in. If you haven’t gone to college, it is virtually impossible to immigrate to work here.

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