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Letter to the Editor on DACA

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Compromise to Solve DACA and Illegal Alien Issues

There is a solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
policy, aka “DACA,” and to the larger issue of illegal aliens in
the United States. Focusing solely on the 800,000 who have qualified
as “Dreamers,” who arrived here as minors, is not a long term
solution. There is a way to resolve this that can appeal to Democrats,
Republicans and Independents.

In 2016, there were about 11.3 million undocumented aliens in the
United States. The majority is from Central and South America followed
by Asia. For example, there are 5.4 million from Mexico. Sixty-six
percent of the 11.3 million undocumented aliens have been here for
more than ten years and about 8 million are in the workforce. As a
sympathetic country, we find it hard to remove law-abiding individuals
who are part of our community. On the other hand, we are governed by
the rule of law. Many Americans are having a tough time of life at
present with joblessness, stagnant wages, drug addictions and broken
families. Some ask: “If you grant legal status to these undocumented
aliens, they will have an immediate advantage over me to the extent
that they would have ‘minority’ status for purposes of employment
or education. Preferential treatment. That does not seem right under
the rule of law.”

As an immigrant, myself, who has served in the U.S. Army Reserves
alongside immigrant and native-born Americans and who has worked
alongside countless immigrants in the construction trades from Mexico,
Brazil, Poland, Nicaragua, The Ukraine, Guatemala and Albania, I can
assure you that many immigrants love America and appreciate America as
much, if not more, than those born here! We immigrants have come here
ourselves, or our parents brought us here. As such we hear stories of
how it was where we came from and we know how it is here. There is a
bright future here. We are so grateful to be here. Whatever slings and
arrows may come our way, it is still better here than where we came
from. For these reasons, no immigrant should have or qualify for any
“minority” status here in America.

With reference to our Asian-American brothers and sisters, times
have changed. Where at one time there were signs that said: “No
Irish Need Apply,” at the turn of the twentieth century, that
adversity has dissipated. While Franklin Delano Roosevelt did intern
Japanese-American citizens after the Day of Infamy, December 7, 1941,
and told the nation on the radio that he hated every Japanese man,
Japanese woman and Japanese child, those times have changed. The
economic and educational achievements of Asian-Americans in 2017, show
that, like the Irish, they are participating in the American dream.

Eliminating the category of “minority” for Hispanic- and
Asian-Americans seems like a small concession in exchange for legal
status to over 11 million undocumented aliens as part of a grand
bargain made to respect the very real concern of Americans about the
equity of granting legal status to those who did not follow the rules.
It goes against the rule of law. But we must solve this issue and
amend our immigration policies accordingly. Let us relieve the angst
that these members of our communities have for their future. The
sooner we can embrace our brother and sister undocumented aliens as
legal residents, the sooner we can work together to solve bigger

Peter Thalheim,
Republican Candidate for Governor, 2018

submitted 9/24/17


One Response to Letter to the Editor on DACA

  1. William Nichols

    October 3, 2017 at 11:13 am

    To allow those who broke the law and illegally entered this country to stay is a kick in the teeth to those who waited their turn and went through proper channels to come to the USA. It is pretty bad when our Governor and our elected “lawmakers” Sen.Chris Murphy and Sen.Richard Blumenthal advocate for people here illegally and breaking the law to stay here. They are doing nothing but taking advantage of photo ops and pandering for votes. I thought elected officials were to make and uphold the laws, not break them. And now we have a candidate running for Governor pandering for votes to allow law breakers to stay here and give them legal status. When does the insanity stop and common sense prevail?