Aguilar-Den­ham ef­fort is needed com­pro­mise

Manteca Bulletin - - Opinion - Léo Ben­nett-Cau­chon, Man­teca

Edi­tor, Man­teca Bulletin, Bill Ber­ry­hill’s opin­ion, June 8, on H.R. 4760 says “(T)he pro­posed law would of­fer sig­nif­i­cant re­lief to farm­ers… .” Other farm­ers dis­agree:

“(H.R. 4760) would worsen the worker short­age cri­sis for farm­ers through­out the coun­try.” — West­ern Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

“(H.R. 4760) would cause too much dis­rup­tion for our em­ploy­ees and our com­mu­ni­ties.” — Cal­i­for­nia Farm Bureau.

Fur­ther­more, Ber­ry­hill says “(H.R. 4760) re­solves the sta­tus of ‘Dream­ers’ un­der DACA and reme­dies long­stand­ing prob­lems with many im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies and pro­grams. … (It) rep­re­sents a golden op­por­tu­nity to lay a solid foun­da­tion for years to come.”

Oth­ers do not find much of the ‘Golden Rule’ in this op­por­tu­nity:

“(H.R.4760) would only add to the in­jus­tice of our coun­try’s im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem by threat­en­ing fam­ily unity, se­verely cut­ting im­mi­gra­tion, and leav­ing DREAM­ers with­out a path­way to cit­i­zen­ship in the coun­try where they grew up and known as home.” — Re­li­gious Ac­tion Cen­ter of Re­form Ju­daism

“(H.R. 4760) has many flaws, but the key one is its im­pact on fam­ily. Fam­ily is the cor­ner­stone of so­ci­ety. This bill would de­stroy the abil­ity of a per­son to be re­united with their spouse, their par­ents, or their chil­dren. Break­ing up fam­i­lies vi­o­lates the val­ues of any faith. That is wrong and Congress must re­ject this bill.” — NET­WORK Lobby for Catholic So­cial Jus­tice

“The church is for fam­ily unity. We are for wel­come. We are for jus­tice, mercy, and hos­pi­tal­ity. (H.R. 4760) is none of those things.” — Of­fice of So­cial Jus­tice, Chris­tian Re­formed Church

“H.R. 4760 is an un­bal­anced, par­ti­san ap­proach on an is­sue that re­quires a bal­anced, bi­par­ti­san ap­proach for leg­isla­tive suc­cess.” — US Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Ber­ry­hill says that “(H.R. 4760) rep­re­sents a needed com­pro­mise that bal­ances many com­plex is­sues and con­cerns.” In my opin­ion a com­pro­mise re­quires bi­par­ti­san sup­port. H.R. 4760 has only Repub­li­can spon­sors.

H.R. 4796, Unit­ing and Se­cur­ing Amer­ica (USA) Act is a true com­pro­mise with 25 Repub­li­can and 25 Demo­cratic spon­sors cur­rently in­clud­ing Pete Aguilar (D) and Jeff Den­ham (R). As the two shared at a joint press con­fer­ence:

“(The USA Act) rep­re­sents a real bi­par­ti­san com­pro­mise that will pro­vide a per­ma­nent leg­isla­tive so­lu­tion for Dream­ers, and al­low for a rea­son­able ap­proach to se­cur­ing our bor­der. One of my top pri­or­i­ties is to en­sure that these young peo­ple can con­tinue the lives they’ve built here, and the USA Act will do just that.” — Aguilar.

“The govern­ment asked Dream­ers to come out of the shad­ows, and it’s time for Congress to pass (the USA Act) that will al­low them to truly move for­ward with their lives. The only way to ac­com­plish this is through com­pro­mise that in­cludes bor­der se­cu­rity mea­sures. DACA re­cip­i­ents are Amer­i­can in ev­ery way pos­si­ble ex­cept on pa­per.” — Den­ham.

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