Quit using immigrants as political scapegoats

When Donald Trump announced the end of DACA, he threw the future of these youth up in the air. In 2012, some 700,000 young people came out of the shadows and declared they wanted to meet the standards to stay in the U.S. For most of them, this is the only home they have ever known.

Please take time to find out who the DACA recipients are.

To qualify, DACA applicants cannot have a felony. They must be in school or graduated and employed (most are working in middle income jobs and only 8 percent are unemployed). They pay the fee to be thoroughly vetted, often hundreds of dollars, and have to reapply every two years to see that they still qualify.

They are among our most productive young people, and are under a microscope to continue to stay that way.

We can spend billions of dollars rounding up, detaining and deporting these “criminals” or we can allow them to continue contributing to our society and leave the families they belong to intact.

And still, Trump wants to build his “great big, beautiful wall,” the one he claimed Mexico would pay for.

Do we need that wall to prevent immigration from Mexico?

Right now, more Mexicans are leaving the U.S. than entering, a trend that started around 2009.

More significantly, are illegals the cause of middle class job loss?

The overwhelming reason for job loss is the automation of labor-intensive jobs. Robots and computers are replacing our workers, not immigrants.

Wouldn’t it be a much better use of our tax dollars to invest in the education of our children, to prepare them for higher tech jobs?

Trump needs to stop using immigrants as his political scapegoats and be honest about what will truly help the middle class.

Carolyn Medland

Hubbard Lake