skip to Main Content
Dare To DREAM? Congress Shouldn’t Let Dreamers Shut Down Budget

Dare to DREAM? Congress Shouldn’t Let Dreamers Shut Down Budget

By Brett Linley

It happens so often, it almost seems normal. Once more, per Politico, we may find ourselves on the brink of a government shut down. Various issues have triggered this fanfare in the past. This time, the wedge issue is DREAMers.

House conservatives have warned Speaker Paul Ryan against lumping a fix for undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors into a year-end spending deal.

Conservatives aren’t the only ones holding up proceedings, however. Many liberals have also pledged not to support a bill that doesn’t address the DREAMer issue. While no one wants to take the blame for a shut down, no one wants to upset their grassroots base, either.

In the end, it’s hard to see either side budging. Most Democrats will not accept any strings attatched for DREAMer citizenship. Many Republicans, on the other hand, want to tie a plethura of issues, from border security to E-Verify, to any potential bill.

While this debate reveals the increasingly toxic political environment in America, there are bigger problems at stake. The left would be wise to stop trying to tie a non-fiscal issue into the budget. The right, however, should reconsider their headstrong opposition to DREAMers.

Put emotional and compassionate arguments on the backburner. When it comes to these young people, already assimilated into the country, allowing them to stay is just common sense.

The DREAM Act: Good Policy, Bad Implimentation

Perhaps one of the biggest issues conservatives have with the DREAM Act, and rightly so, is how it came to be. In 2012, President Obama deferred deportations for illegal immigrants who came here as minors. Instead of going through Congress, the President merely used a penstroke to issue his executive order. A clear expansion of the imperial presidency, this was wrong.

Members of the left will often justify this with emotional appeals, none of which are terribly convincing for right-leaning audiences. What should be convincing, however, is the economic benefit of allowing these people to stay. If authorized by Congress, Trump should allow DREAMers to stay and help make America wealthy.

When it comes to the economics, the consensus is fairly clear. Bloomberg View published a piece voicing the belief that DREAMers actually strengthen the economy.

Dreamers not only add [an estimated] several hundred billion dollars to the economy over a decade, but also generate billions of dollars of additional tax revenue. How? They pay more in taxes than they consume from government programs, in part because they are not eligible for means-tested federal benefits.

Bloomberg isn’t the only one. Fortune also believes that, if the program is ended, “The United States could lose up to 700,000 jobs and suffer billions of dollars in lost economic output.” Even CNBC, not exactly a bastion of liberal thought, cited a study stating that even conservative Texas “would lose $6.1 billion in GDP annually.”

Don’t Toss a Good Investment

If Trump forces DREAMers out, a wide swath of economic productivity will go with them. It’s not just that these young people only know America as home. It’s that while they’ve been here, they’ve been picking up skills to become productive citizens.

Imagine that you coach a sports franchise. In your mind, picture having an athlete that you’ve coached up from a rookie over a period of years. Now, this young person is ready to be productive and possibly a star. If you found out that this person broke a minor law, years and years ago in highschool, would he stop being valuable? It would make little sense to throw your future, and your investment, away over spite.

Per a Cato Institute study, these young people are also considerably less likely (almost 14% less) than native born Americans to commit crimes. Their only crime was in violating arbitrary law, oftentimes so long ago that they don’t remember doing it. As Vox reports, many may not have learned that they even did it until they became teenagers.

So ultimately, it comes down to this. The left needs to learn where these issues belong, and it isn’t in the budget. They also must come to respect that these issues are in the domain of the Congress, not the executive branch. For the right, the lesson is even easier. There’s nothing simpler to understand than dollars and cents, and keeping DREAMers amounts to a whole lot of them. If politicians allow a simple issue like this to shut the government down, then it’s undoubtedly time to clean house.



This Post Has 60 Comments
  1. I was wondering if you ever considered changing the page layout of your website? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or 2 images. Maybe you could space it out better?

  2. Just want to say your article is as astounding. The clarity in your post is just excellent and i could assume you are an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission allow me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the rewarding work.

  3. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Cheers

  4. Do you have a spam problem on this site; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to swap techniques with others, be sure to shoot me an e-mail if interested.

  5. Thanks , I have recently been searching for info about this subject for a long time and yours is the greatest I’ve discovered so far. However, what about the conclusion? Are you sure in regards to the supply?

  6. Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a totally different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

  7. What i don’t understood is in reality how you’re not really much more smartly-preferred than you may be now. You are so intelligent. You already know therefore considerably with regards to this matter, produced me in my opinion believe it from a lot of various angles. Its like women and men are not involved unless it¦s one thing to do with Girl gaga! Your personal stuffs outstanding. All the time take care of it up!

  8. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having a tough time locating it but, I’d like to send you an email. I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it expand over time.

  9. What i do not realize is actually how you are not actually much more well-liked than you might be now. You’re so intelligent. You realize thus considerably relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from numerous varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it is one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs outstanding. Always maintain it up!

  10. Simply want to say your article is as astounding. The clarity in your publish is simply nice and i can suppose you’re an expert on this subject. Well together with your permission allow me to grasp your RSS feed to stay up to date with impending post. Thank you 1,000,000 and please continue the gratifying work.

  11. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this blog before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely happy I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back frequently!

  12. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this outstanding blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will talk about this blog with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  13. Sosyal medya başarınızı kat ve kat artırmak, postlarınız ve hesaplarınızla Instagram başlıca gönderilerde yer almak için takipçi sayınızın çok yüksek olması, etkileşiminizin fazla olması gerekir. Siz de sosyal medyada başarılı olmak, satışlarınızı artırmak istiyorsanız Instagramda takipçi satın almak için Crovu’yu tercih edin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *