An immigration enforcement advocate takes issue with the notion that all "DREAMers" are outstanding members of their communities – an idea that's been pushed hard by supporters of illegal immigration and cooperative media outlets.
Last week, Border Patrol agents in San Diego arrested two illegal immigrants for smuggling other illegal aliens into the U.S. Three months earlier in Texas, two other illegal aliens were arrested on similar charges. In both cases, the individuals were under the protection of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The Washington Times says the arrests are "black eyes" on DACA that could "complicate the picture painted" by amnesty supporters that DREAMers are "law-abiding standouts who are victims of circumstance."
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says the image being portrayed is erroneous.
"The DACA advocates and the advocates for illegal aliens have tried to oversell this particular group of illegal aliens, that they are somehow all high school valedictorians, [that] they're all just eager to sign up for the military," he offers. "In fact, they're very much like any other cohort of that age. But by no means are these, by and large, exceptional people."
Mehlman points out that in every other circumstance, parents are held accountable for their actions on innocent family members.
"When an American citizen decides that he or she could do better for their family by, let's say, not paying their property taxes [and] the county comes up and moves the family out of the house, the kids don't get to stay," he explains.
"Unfortunately, the kids become innocent bystanders who are affected by this – and that seems to be completely lost in this whole discussion."
He concludes by stating it's the fault of the parents – not the American people – that the children are in the U.S. illegally. "We don't owe them anything," he tells OneNewsNow. "We may as a nation decide under certain circumstances to be generous with them, but it is not a debt that we owe to anybody."