Forum, Sept. 10: Our Broken Immigration System

Saturday, September 09, 2017
Our Broken Immigration System

Don Collins’ Sept. 9 letter (“Ending DACA Is Heartless”) speaks to the human tragedy of our broken immigration system. Eight-hundred-thousand young people — “Dreamers” — who have grown up here, been properly registered, vetted, reregistered (paying a fee of $495 each time), and who have pursued education, jobs and armed service —are now thrust into limbo. How can citizens help? 

  Right now, 200,000 DACA youth whose authorization ends before March 31, 2018, must rush to reregister by Oct. 5. Please pass this along immediately to anyone you know who may need this information!  

Urge Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, Maggie Hassan, Pat Leahy and Bernie Sanders, and Reps. Peter Welch and Annie Kuster to vote against repeal and support renewal of a “clean” DACA act unencumbered by extras such as funding for the wall, etc.

Call Govs. Phil Scott and Chris Sununu to ask for in-state assistance for Dreamers, like other states are developing.

Advocate for good immigration reform bills — Senate Bill 1615 and HR Bill 3440.

Come to a training, “Know Your Rights,” sponsored by the New Hampshire ACLU, on Sept. 21 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Hanover Friends Meeting, 43 Lebanon St., and learn how to help protect immigrants.

Keep on demanding true immigration reform that provides a path to legal status for law-abiding immigrants among us now.

Push back against private immigration prisons whose goal is to keep their beds filled.

And finally, resist the notion that somehow the children brought here when they were too young to choose are the “good immigrants” while their parents, who made a dangerous passage to give them a better life, are somehow the “bad immigrants.” This tears families apart. They are all our neighbors, aiming, like us, for a decent life.

Kathleen Shepherd


What’s the Logic on DACA?

I am really confused. Barack Obama issued an executive order that he stated would not withstand judicial review (DACA). Donald Trump has stated that he would revisit the DACA executive order in six months, if Congress does not act on immigration reform, which under the Constitution is a function of Congress.

Members of Congress are slamming Trump for making them do their job. Several states are preparing to file suit to stop Trump from ending DACA.

I took a course in the 7th grade titled Civics. That course taught me that Congress makes laws and the executive branch (president) enforces the laws created by Congress. Now we have a presidential executive order that has created a pseudo law bypassing a constitutional function of Congress, and a president telling Congress to act. Why are folks upset, or are they as confused as I am?

Bruce St. Peter