Following Trump’s decision that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program would be ended with a 6-month delay, Republican Senator and chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced that he would support the DREAM Act.
Those who benefit from the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act are referred to as DREAMers. They “were brought to the country at an early age without documentation but have assimilated to U.S. culture and have been educated by U.S. school systems.” Because they arrived in the United States by no fault of their own, many politicians on both sides of the aisle support this program and those affected by it.
Gardner joins Colorado’s other senator, Michael Bennet (D-CO), in cosponsoring the legislation which would “shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation and lay out a path to citizenship,” per The Hill.
“Children who came to this country without documentation, through no fault of their own, must have the opportunity to remain here lawfully,” Gardner said in a statement.
Trump’s decision – an about-face from his previous remarks about DREAMers – is a testament to the fact that the President has no longstanding principles or beliefs, but rather will bend to the political will of whoever is whispering in his ear. And his own party is abandoning him in droves as they begin to realize this.
Brian Tyler Cohen is a political writer, actor, and comedy sketch director. He graduated from Lehigh University with a dual degree in English and Business. He currently lives in Los Angeles.