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With the partial government shutdown now in its fourth week, the American people are looking to their elected officials to come up with a way out.
For all the contentiousness the debate has inspired, the path to resolution is remarkably clear: Provide funding for the border and provide legal certainty for the population of Dreamers, undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. who were brought here as children.
Plan - Step - Support
It’s far from a perfect plan, but it’s a commonsense step forward that would have bipartisan support.
As anyone who has been following this issue will tell you, it will take more than one bill to improve our nation’s immigration laws. But in the absence of more substantive legislation, Congress’ inaction is unfolding in real time with no end in sight.
Support - Plan - Solution - Dreamers - Security
There is massive public support for a plan that provides a permanent solution for Dreamers and enhances security at our border.
A CBS News poll taken last year found that nearly 9 out of 10 respondents said Dreamers should remain in the country after meeting certain requirements, such as working or attending school. Another poll taken last year, found that 64 percent of Republicans favor a plan allowing Dreamers to stay and apply for citizenship.
Support - Dreamer - Population - Opportunity - Living
It’s easy to understand strong support for the Dreamer population. They have seized on the opportunity of living in our country by enrolling in some of our country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Some have gone on to graduate and are working for Fortune 500 companies and local businesses in our communities. And others have enlisted in our armed forces.
Hilario Yanez, a dreamer living in Texas, once lived in a homeless shelter in Houston. Today he is an active member of his church and works for a well-respected global consulting firm.
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