By Sutherland Staff
Published on Sept 6, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY — Today Sutherland Institute President Boyd Matheson released the following in response to the cancellation of DACA:

“Neither the creation nor the cancellation of DACA substantially or sustainably resolves America’s immigration problem,” Matheson said. “Real solutions to immigration and border security will require leadership from Congress and cooperation from the executive branch. Sadly, both political parties have raised millions of dollars and waged countless election campaigns using immigration as a wedge issue. The lack of leadership from Washington is causing incredible uncertainty for immigrants, businesses, communities and families. It is time to solve the immigration quandary with American determination, innovation and compassion.

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“Nearly every American agrees that we must:

  • Resolve the legal status of undocumented immigrants who entered the country as children
  • Fix broken immigration policies, making legal immigration practical and preferable
  • Secure our borders
  • Address legitimate employer needs for immigrant workers
  • End the human and civil rights tragedies, including the exploitation of undocumented immigrants, and
  • Provide states with the tools and legal flexibility they need to promote public safety, economic growth and family prosperity

“With agreement on such core and critical elements to immigration, a lasting solution is certainly within the grasp of all who are willing to come to the table.
“Until Washington, D.C., recognizes America’s desperate need for elevated dialogue and principled compromise, the American people will be forced to settle for the politics of fake fights, false choices and business-as-usual decisions, including the cancellation of DACA. Elected officials should trust the American people enough to have an honest discussion with our citizens about immigration – knowing that American rule of law combined with American compassion is what has forged a melting pot into an extraordinary nation.”

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