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For 3 decades, Congress shuns immigration duty

To those who are upset about the DACA order, I have one question: Where has Congress been for 30 years?

More than 30 years ago, Congress promised President Reagan, If you will sign the amnesty bill, we will pass legislation to strengthen immigration law and to strengthen border security.

The president did, and the Democratic Congress broke its promise and did nothing.

Every Congress since (Democratic and Republican) has broken that promise, not just to the president but to the American people.

If Congress had done what its leaders promised, rather than keeping it around as a campaign issue, there would be no “dream children.” If every member who has, within the past few years, said they would vote for such legislation, the bill would pass easily.

I don’t know what’s in Trump’s mind (it’s a place I’d prefer not to go), but he said that he was giving Congress 6 months to address the issue before Obama’s order would be rescinded.

Trump might have actually done the DACA cause a favor. The issue  is now back in Congress’ lap where the Constitution says it belongs.

If you believe in the DACA children’s cause, don’t sit on your hands as Congress has done for 30 years. Contact your congressional representatives and tell them to act. We need to tell them that we will remember their vote when we have our vote on Election Day.

Maybe, after 30 years, Congress will do what it promised. It wouldn’t be a first, but it might be an exception to the rule.

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