Time to follow through

Last December after the election of Donald Trump as president, I joined a handful of fellow Wacoans in a meeting with Rep. Bill Flores to express some of our fears about what the coming years might bring for our most marginalized neighbors, including Muslims, women and immigrants. Though we had many disagreements with our congressman about substantive issues, one exciting area of common ground we shared with him was a belief that those described as “Dreamers,” the beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, should have a protected status.

Mr. Flores expressed a belief that those who came to our country as children should not be punished because their parents failed to obtain the proper documentation in their quest to provide a better life for their families. We left the meeting feeling that this was one hopeful area where people from all parts of the political spectrum could work together. I was reminded of this meeting when the White House announced it would be essentially “punting” DACA down the road to Congress. Based on his statements earlier, I look forward to our representative providing leadership in the coming weeks to ensure these bright and beautiful Americans don’t have to live in fear of being forcibly sent to a country they have never known.

Craig A. Nash, Waco

EDITOR’S NOTE: Republican Congressman Bill Flores, whose district includes Waco, released this statement Tuesday: “The current DACA program, despite being well-intentioned, is another example of how former President Obama abused his constitutional authority. The Constitution clearly states that the legislative branch is responsible for writing all laws; not the president. The decision to rescind this program now brings the important job of fixing our broken and inadequate immigration system into focus for Congress to work out a legislative solution. When it comes to the Dreamers, those children and young adults who are here through no fault of their own, I believe Congress should quickly find a solution to ensure they can stay in the United States, which for many is the only home they know. I look forward to working with President Trump and my House and Senate colleagues to improve our immigration laws and better secure our borders.”

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Again an Associated Press article tells the wrong story about immigrants. “Legal” immigrants may only be deported if they are convicted of a crime. It’s illegal criminals who are the target of President Trump’s administration. These are the ones sanctuary cities refuse to hold for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, not just any illegal immigrants. Or do you want, as is being done now, to protect ruthless MS-13 gang members?

Jim Cantrell, Axtell