Come on, Congress: Quit kicking the immigration can down the road

Perhaps some voters will be fooled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “coup” early this week.

Thoughtful Americans will not.

After a weekend “government shutdown,” the Senate voted to approve a spending bill that got all federal agencies back up and running.

Until Feb. 8, that is. Approved was “stopgap” government funding. You know, kicking the can down the road. But back to the issues: Keeping the government funded versus immigration policy and law reform.

Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have agreed to “formally” to begin debate on an immigration bill by Feb. 8. Keep that date in mind: We predict yet another episode whereby Congress will again remind the American citizens of its inability to work together to come up with true and fair immigration reform.

And government workers may be held hostage again. Keeping the federal government running — employing workers and paying bills — should not be tied to immigration.

They are separate issues that musgt be dealt with.

Congress’ continual, long-term failure to approve bi-partisan immigration reform has become unconscionable.

Schumer and company had insisted that the spending bill needed to get government in full operation had to include provisions for nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants permitted to stay in the United States through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

President Donald Trump has said he will end it by March 5.

That gives Congress time to enact a constitutional replacement for DACA. Trump and many Republican lawmakers have said they support a bill allowing DACA beneficiaries to stay in the United States. DACA has protected some 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children, or came with families who overstayed their visas. Many of them are college-age students.

We believe most American citizens want immigration reform that says if you want to live here and become an American citizen, you should have to earn it. Come on, Congress. Settle DACA and immigration reform once and for all.

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