DREAM Act discussion, and promise of 'amnesty,' is driving some of the new immigration
After four years of lower immigration, and even a time when the number of people moving from the United States to Mexico outstripped the number coming north, new figures indicate that illegal immigration from Mexico and Central America into Texas is on the upswing again, 1200 WOAI's Michael Board reports.
"This should put pressure on members of Congress, saying, hey, we need to do something," said U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo). "This indicates that people are still going to come here."
But the same report blasts one of the efforts underway to deal with the problem. The study agrees with a 1200 WOAI news report aired last month that indicated that the DREAM Act, and President Obama's grant of deferred deportation for certain young illegal immigrants, is helping fuel the renewed illegal immigration.
The report says more young people are attempting to sneak into the U.S., in the hopes that they will be granted 'amnesty' in a second Obama term. The study was done by the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.
But Cuellar says the country needs to revisit the idea of comprehensive immigration reform.
"I would rather have them come here through a legal method, through a guest worker plan, and that way we know who comes here, and who goes back," Cuellar said.
Cuellar says the U.S. can't dodge the issue of immigration reform any longer, and he hopes that in the less politically charged climate which will follow next week's election, action will finally be taken.
"We have people who are willing to put in the hard work in the hot sun, let them do it," Cuellar said. "But let them do it in a legal way, where they pay taxes."