No Fault of Their Own?

In a meeting between the president and some members of Congress on Tuesday, Trump encouraged both Republicans and Democrats to work together. It’s a nice thought but those days of working together are long over. Much of the Q & A centered around immigration reform and as many have suspected, Democrats want to attach DACA to the legislation. Republicans seem more than willing to work with Democrats in order to get a deal done on the most important issue Trump campaigned on.

Before any legislation regarding DACA, immigration reform or a pathway to citizenship is written, however, it is in Congress’ best interest to have a discussion and a debate about what all that entails, how it’s good and how it’s bad. Arguments need to be made for and against all the issues so Americans can understand what truly is at stake. The discussion needs to start by establishing that any immigration bill needs to include at minimum a border wall, an end to chain migration, an end to the visa lottery system, an end to the anchor baby perceived loophole, a clarification of the 14th Amendment, and a guarantee that there will be no pathway to citizenship without first going through the proper channels that legal immigrants had to go through.

DACA proponents insist that DACA recipients (aka DREAMers) are here through “no fault of their own.” No fault of their own? What about no fault our own? Why are the American taxpayers obligated to foot the bill for crimes that took place, which resulted in hundreds of thousands, probably millions, of not only DREAMers, but also their families imposing an enormous drain on the economy, social system and security of this country – through no fault of their own?

Why can’t anyone point out that although it’s no fault of their own, it’s somebody’s fault, whether it’s the parents’ or others and those responsible need to pay the consequences? Authorities should be able to enforce immigration law on those who broke our laws regardless of an unconstitutional executive order from a previous U.S. president.

Another argument for keeping DACA is that ending it would break up families. Well when somebody commits a crime, that sometimes happens. When an American citizen commits a crime and goes to jail, he/she breaks up a family. When somebody comes to this country illegally, gets caught and put in jail, that person broke up his/her own family. We shouldn’t make provisions for illegal alien law breakers.

It’s so disheartening and quite pathetic really that we have a Republican Senate, Republican House and a Republican president that can’t seem to get anything positive done. They seem to be trying to cater to Democrats. But why? The Democrats don’t cater to Republicans when they’re in control. Nothing stops them from implementing their agenda.

I understand big things take time but what is Congress doing? Why aren’t plans being presented? There are enough senators and representatives that multiple things can happen concurrently. One team or committee could work on immigration, another on tax reform, some on repealing Obamacare, etc. It doesn’t have to be one thing at a time. Let’s get committees to come up with plans and present them. Let’s get the balls, plural, rolling.

Maybe the fact that things aren’t getting done shows that some Republicans aren’t willing to support Trump’s agenda and make America great. But then again, after the meeting on Tuesday I’m not sure what Trump’s agenda is anymore.


Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at

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