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Last week, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took eight hours of the House’s time to tell her colleagues and the world the personal stories of people, who, from the amount of attention they are receiving, would seem to hold the fate of our republic in their hands: the so-called “DREAMers,” who came to this country illegally as minors. An estimated 3.4 million of them are here (say it with me), “through no fault of their own.”
For the most part, that is a true statement. But it begs the obvious question; Well, then whose fault is it that they are here illegally? No one ever asks this question because to do so would require accountability on somebody’s part other than the American public’s. In the absence of identifying the people who are responsible for 3.4 million people being in a state of legal limbo we can all act as though they arrived here in much the same way that Dorothy and Toto showed up in Oz.
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As the Senate sets aside all other business over the next week or two to address the all-consuming issue of what to do about millions of people who are here illegally “through no fault of their own,” we are likely to hear many more personal stories. Pelosi’s Senate counterpart, Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), will undoubtedly consume significant floor time and space relating personal stories while displaying his prodigious photo collection of DREAMers on the Senate floor.
What will likely never be uttered on the floor of the Senate over the coming week or two, by members of either party, are some important truths:
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The people at the center of this debate are here through the direct fault of their parents who understood that in breaking the law they were putting their children in this situation. It wasn’t bad karma...
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