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PAUL GREENBERG: The gates of freedom

When they’re used as political pawns

By Paul Greenberg

This article was published January 21, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

The blame game in Washington was continuing even as the clock ran out on the chance to keep the federal government in business after last week's end. It's enough to make readers of Arkansas' Newspaper wonder who's acting like spoiled brats--the innocent young people whose fate is being decided in this congressional debate or the alleged adults in Congress debating their fate.

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23cal says... January 21, 2018 at 7:42 a.m.

About Tommy's "But if we give them legal status, we have to realize that's inevitably going to encourage more illegal immigration in the future, especially with children, which is a dangerous thing to do."
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I don't know how much that is going to "encourage" desperate people. I tend to think desperate people will continue to move with or without DACA.........as anyone with a brain can see they did before Obama started DACA. If protecting children through DACA was so "encouraging", one would think that illegal immigration numbers, especially for families with kids, would have surged exponentially since 2012 when DACA began.
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Ummmmm......it didn't surge in fact, illegal immigration has gone down since 2012. The facts....simple numbers.....kind of give the lie to Tommy's xenophobic claim.
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What DOES seem "encouraging" for illegal immigration is that employers will supply the parents with jobs. It would seem reasonable that stricter punishment for employers would better address "encouraging" than punishing innocent children who are already here.
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It would seem at best that Tommy's priorities are misplaced.
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Who can't see that Tommy is just pandering to the farthest right xenophobes and racists who happily ignore facts and numbers and gladly throw innocent kids under the bus because of their own xenophobic paranoia?
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91% of the DACA kids are employed and 100% have no criminal record.

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cliffcarson says... January 21, 2018 at 7:49 a.m.

Greenberg

When the Illegals register as illegals acceptance or rejection can begin. Failure to register means they remain illegal. How many illegals are in the United States? Rather than 800,000 I seem to think that it is somewhere between 10 and 20 million.

Ignoring this problem does not solve it. There are two decisions to be made:
Address the Illegals already here
Stop new illegals from entering

The Two Parties and their minions are the problem

America needs a Party that is American in deed. Current rules make that almost impossible.

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BoudinMan says... January 21, 2018 at 9 a.m.

PG actually used the root "disappoint" twice in reference to Tom Cotton (In His Ears). Whew! My head is spinning. Between PG's diatribe (for him) against Ranger Tom, or Masterson's support of the little guy, I had to check twice to make sure I was reading the ADG.

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iker2 says... January 21, 2018 at 12:32 p.m.

PG, beautifully stated piece of writing!

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Lifelonglearner says... January 21, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.

I am happy to see that one positive result of having President $45 in office is that your editorials have stopped being so biased.

Continued illegal immigration is all about cheap, willing labor for American industry. Otherwise, there would be more than a few locally owned convenience stores being raided by ICE, and major illegal employers would be in jail instead of desperate families.

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PopulistMom says... January 21, 2018 at 3:05 p.m.

Beautiful column. Thank you.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 21, 2018 at 3:37 p.m.

Paul, if that gate is opened wide, the welfare state must end, and all American traditions will die as with all Americans way of life.
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Immigration is not for the benefit of the immigrant, but for our country.

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DerbiRider says... January 21, 2018 at 4:23 p.m.

Greenberg makes slight reference to an enigmatic and unpredictable President unable to provide substantive leadership or direction on any issue. The lapse of a day is like a sea change in Trump world. This art of the deal surely must be on the level of kindergarten finger painting.

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