An immigration watchdog says it wants to see beefed-up border enforcement if Congress approves some type of amnesty for DACA recipients.
President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a "wind down" to DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that began with President Barack Obama's pen and phone in 2012.
The media and the Left howled in protest but political observers view Trump's move as an attempt to punt the issue to Congress, where there is likely little desire to dissolve a program that benefits so-called "Dreamers" who were brought to the United States as children with their illegal-alien parents.
Trump himself has stated that he sympathizes over DACA recipients and suggested this week, in a Tweet, that they "have nothing to worry about" during the six months he gave Congress to pass DACA-related legislation.
The average age of a current DACA holder is 25 years old, however, though press reports are suggesting the program hurts "children" as The Daily Caller pointed out.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says he wants to see a "tradeoff" for a coming DACA bill that includes "real, tangible" immigration reform.
"Including meaningful enforcement," says Mehlman, "like border security, more detention for people who come across the border illegally, mandatory e-verify, changing our legal immigration system to a merit-based one."
Regarding the DACA program, Mehlman says children sometimes pay the price for their parents bad decisions, likening their illegal-alien parents to taxpayers who refuse to give the IRS a portion of their income.
"When the IRS comes knocking at the door and confiscates your assets," he says, "it's going to hurt your kids. And we all feel badly about that."
In a press release praising Trump's "wind down" action, Mehlman and FAIR predict that Democrats could walk away from the negotiating table over a DACA bill proposed by Republicans. That would prove, says FAIR, that Democrats view the issue as a "political football" that energizes their base.