Wednesday, December 22, 2010

UC San Diego Wayne Cornelius: Why the DREAM Act Failed

Here is UC San Diego Wayne Cornelius's analysis of why the DREAM Act failed:

"The larger problem is that the entire Obama immigration policy strategy was based on a high-risk gamble that winning credibility on border and interior enforcement among members of Congress would buy the political space needed to enact comprehensive immigration reform. This strategy was fundamentally misconceived because Republicans in Congress have found tough immigration stances to be reliably effective in mobilizing their base, and because the Great Recession heightened public anxiety and anger about immigration."

For more of the interview, click here.

As ImmigrationProf noted months ago
, the Obama administration has pursued an "enforcement now, enforcement forever" approach to immigration.  The hope ostensibly was to convince Republicans to support comprehensive immigration reform after the border was "secured" through increased enforcement.  The result is deeply disappointing:  more enforcement, more deaths on the border, record levels of deportations (indeed, more deportations than any President in U.S. history), and more detentions.  To add insult to real life injury, we do not have comprehensive immigration reform and Congress rejected a relatively limited reform measure, the DREAM Act, last weekend.

Please forgive those who support the rights of immigrants for failing to wish the Obama administration a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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