In the last decades, millions of Mexicans and others poured over the border into the U.S. Many were men who came to find work. Over time, they sent for their families. That meant that hundreds of thousands of young children arrived.
These children grew up as typical Americans. There was one big difference. They did not belong in the United States. Like their parents, they were here without the proper documents.
Studies show they have their share of scholars and criminals. They are not much different from the rest of the country. But they live in an uncertain state. It results in chronic fear. Their parents face deportation. If the parents leave, the children would also have to leave.
The Dreamers are fewer than one million young people. They are about two-tenths of one percent of the U.S. population.
People call them the Dreamers. President Obama gave them a way to stay here. If they met certain conditions, they could get a permit to remain in America. They had to renew the permit every three years. They could go to school and work.
Donald Trump campaigned against the Dreamers. He made it clear that he would deport their parents and them. He showed he meant business. He chose as attorney general a man known to support deporting the undocumented.
Trump cannot do anything until he is sworn in on January 20, 2017. But the betting is changing. Recently, Trump said, “We are going to work something out that is going to make people happy and proud. They got brought here at a young age, they have worked here, and they have gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they are in never-never land because they don’t know what is going to happen.”
The Dreamers are a big test of where Trump stands on his campaign promises. Big cities and many schools support the Dreamers. Millions vow to resist any effort to deport them. One compromise may be about the criminals among the undocumented. Trump may make a big public effort to find and deport them.
Mr. Trump does not flip-flop on issues. He just changes his mind.
Dealing with this matter is just weeks away.
Source: The New York Times December 7, 2016