Email #282: “a bad bill”?

In December 2010, you voted against the DREAM Act, a bill that would have legislatively accomplished what President Obama later established through DACA, providing protections for Dreamers, undocumented immigrant children striving for citizenship.

You said the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act was “a bad bill”:

“The American people have recently demonstrated their strong opposition to amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, yet the DREAM Act offers amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. before they were 16 years old. It grants them permanent residence and then citizenship once they have completed 2 years of college or have served in the armed services, unless the Department of Homeland Security waives these requirements because of hardship.”

Apparently a lot has changed in seven years. Because now the American people overwhelming support DACA. According a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted this month: “Just 24 percent of Republicans, 12 percent of independents and 8 percent of Democrats say that Dreamers should be deported… Two-thirds of self-identified Trump voters think the Dreamers should stay.”

And this week President Trump and Democratic leaders Senator Schumer and Rep. Pelosi have crossed the aisle and “agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides.” This is an extraordinary bipartisan move that achieves what the vast majority of the American people want.

President Trump tweeted yesterday: “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!”

In 2010, your answer was yes. Do you still want to throw them out now? Do you still insist that Dreamer legislation is “bad”?

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

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