Immigration is certainly a highly debated issue. However, there is broad consensus that there should be no mass deportation of people brought here illegally by their parents. Many have known no other home and have become productive citizens. To send them to a strange land is downright cruel. Unfortunately almost everyone involved in the issue has mishandled it.
Legislation was proposed during the Obama administration but filibustered by Senate Republicans. Neither side made a real effort at compromise. In response, President Obama created DACA. This was an entire new government program that was counter to existing law. He went way beyond his presidential authority.
The Trump administration announced in September that it would be cancelled six months into the future. If his purpose was to get Congress to act so that this is done in a constitutional way, then I applaud him. However, I fear it was done to hold the dreamers hostage to get his immigration bill through.
Then a federal judge ruled that President Trump doesn’t have the power to repeal it. I seriously doubt that the framers of the Constitution wanted the forty-fourth president to have extraordinary powers available to no other president.
Negotiations began. Trump demanded his entire immigration program be passed while Democrats refused to concede anything. That lead to the idiotic government shutdown.
Hopefully both sides will negotiate a compromise. However, I’m not holding my breath waiting for it.