Some Democrats have suggested that President Obama pardon the 750,000 “Dreamers” who fear that President-elect Trump will deport them. The Dreamers are young people who, while they were still young children, were brought into the U.S. illegally by their parents . President Obama used his executive power to grant them temporary legal status if they registered with the federal government through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The dreamers, and their friends and family, fear that the registration information they provided to the government will now be used by President-elect Trump to find and deport them. Surely, we should not penalize these children and young adults who have made a good faith effort to become legal residents. For many of them, the United States is the only home they have ever known. Maybe they should not be given a path to citizenship, but we should allow them to stay there legally. I hope that President-elect Trump will support these young people, and announce his support publicly. This good faith effort would very much help to allay the fears of many of those who have continued to protest the election of Trump.