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UPDATE: Hawai‘i Legislators Comment on Trump’s DACA Decision

Posted September 5, 2017, 07:47 AM HST Updated September 5, 2017, 01:32 PM HST
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UPDATE: Sept. 5, 2017, 9:35 a.m.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard released the following statement:

“President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is wrong,” Rep Gabbard said. “It will break up families and punish young people who were brought to this country as minors through no choice or fault of their own. These are people who have grown up in the United States, and who know no other country to be their home. DACA transformed the lives and futures of hundreds of thousands of young people, in Hawai‘i and across the country. Because of DACA they’ve been able to go to college, find a job, support their family, serve their country, and live free from the constant fear of deportation.

“In my home state of Hawai‘i, DACA has allowed more than 600 young people to remain legally in our country and contribute to our economy and society, including a member of my staff who came to the United States as a minor from Zimbabwe. Last week on Maui, I had the opportunity to hear from some of Hawai‘i’s DREAMers and hear their heart-wrenching stories about living in fear and in the shadows until DACA was put into effect. They cried as they shared their stories of the opportunity and freedom they have experienced because of DACA, and the fear of uncertainty in what lies ahead with the prospects of being forced to leave the only home they’ve ever known. Congress must act now to enact a permanent solution for these DREAMers and pass the bipartisan DREAM Act now.”

ORIGINAL POST: Sept. 5, 2017, 7:47 a.m.

President Trump and his top advisers today announced they will rescind an Obama-era “dreamer” immigration program—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was implemented in 2012, allowing younger undocumented immigrants to live in the country without fear of deportation.

The DREAM Act is a legislative proposal for a multi-phase process for qualifying alien minors in the U.S. that would first grant conditional residency and, upon meeting further qualifications, permanent residency.

The Trump Administration called calling the program unconstitutional but offered a delay to give Congress a chance to address the issue.

The action represents a blow to hundreds of thousands of immigrants known as “dreamers” who have lived in the country illegally since they were children.

Trump’s order, deferring the actual end of the program, passes the responsibility for the fate of the Dreamers to the Republicans who control Congress.

Hawai‘i Sens. Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz both commented on the action.

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“I reject any effort to hold these young people hostage for an unnecessary waste of money like Donald Trump’s wall,” said Sen. Hirono.

“After months of empty rhetoric to the contrary, the president took the cruel and unnecessary step to eliminate DACA—exposing more than 800,000 young people to deportation,” Sen. Hirono said. “They are not criminals. They are inspiring young people aptly called ‘DREAMers’ because of their dream of making a better life for themselves in the only country they know.

“Ending DACA is the latest step this president has taken to attack minority communities and stoke the fear and divisiveness that served as pillars of his campaign and inform his presidency,” she said.

“DACA is clearly constitutional,” said Sen. Hirono. “But by rescinding the program, the president puts the onus on Congress to act. Congress must take appropriate action to provide permanent legal status to DREAMers.

“I want to be clear: I reject any effort to hold these young people hostage for an unnecessary waste of money like Donald Trump’s wall.

“I will continue to stand with these inspiring young people and groups all across the country to fight this latest cruel and totally unjustifiable action by the president,” Sen. Hirono concluded.

Sen. Schatz said, “This is one of the most inhumane things this administration could do. It doesn’t matter where you stand on immigration. We should all be able to agree that people who came here as children, who have grown up as American as anyone else’s kids, should not be stripped away from the communities they’re a part of to go back to a country they don’t remember.

“People trusted the government when they chose to register as Dreamers. And now, this administration has betrayed their trust and will ruin their lives.”

 

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Donald Klees And just how many of these ILLEGALS did either of you take in or are directly supporting with YOUR money and not ours!?September 05, 2017 07:52am
Michael Hessen Give Hawaii to IsraelSeptember 05, 2017 07:59am
La Que Sabe Dean U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) will hold a press conference today to discuss their bipartisan DREAM Act, which would allow young immigrants who grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. WHEN: Today, September 5, 2017 at 3:00pm ET WHERE: Senate Radio-Television Gallery (S-325) WHO: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) LIVESTREAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npToi0C0pgYSeptember 05, 2017 08:03am
Sharon Rose These people are working and contributing, paying their own taxes. Not looking for nor needing any handouts. In fact, the money they contribute to our system via the taxes they pay would cost US coffers about $650million in lost tax revenue. These working people were brought here as children through no will or effort of their own and have chosen to register for or sign up for this program so they can WORK legally and contribute to the only country they have ever known while working towards citizenship. So just exactly HOW are they a threat or cost to anyone?September 05, 2017 08:04am
La Que Sabe Dean Total ignorance! They are ineligible for public benefits.September 05, 2017 08:04am
Duncan Franklin These folks aren't hostages for a wall,there hostages for the poorest of American citizens.Brian you can't take care of the people here,you like bring in more folks,what is your purpose,you should play baseball,you like to throw stones.I don't get you folks logic,you don't solve any of these problems you chirp about,chirpers representing chirpers,waste of taxpayer dollarsSeptember 05, 2017 08:06am
Janet A Vehemente I'm OK with that...hopefully they pay their own way...life don't offer FREE RIDES! 🙅🙅🙅🙅😕😕😕👣👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 08:15am
Rick Reed Another douche DemocRat that stands against America's laws!September 05, 2017 08:18am
Jeanne LaFrantz In case there's still someone out there who hasn't realized it yet he is not human....he's a cruel and sadistic monsterSeptember 05, 2017 08:28am
Travis Rogers The GOP needs to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. They have their heads up their asses. If Republicans want less drugs they need to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. If Republicans want less illegal immigrants Crossing into America then they need to focus on why they are Crossing into America. It's because there is a plethora of jobs available for them by companies who break the law. It seems that Republicans are only focused on law enforcement when it comes to poor people. Law enforcement when it comes to rich people is an afterthought, if that.September 05, 2017 08:30am
Travis Rogers If you have a problem with illegal immigrants then you should focus on the people who employ them illegally instead of the victims of unscrupulous corporations. I'd rather support every DACA recipient over any Donald Trump voter. I guarantee you every single DACA recipient provides more economic value to America than any single Donald Trump voter does.September 05, 2017 08:32am
NoGo TripAdvisor.com Shame on the parents who put them in this situation.September 05, 2017 08:40am
Wayne Davis All illegal immigrants must go through the proper legal Visa process like all the others who have.September 05, 2017 08:48am
Wayne Davis Not true most of the 43 million illegal immigrants are not paying taxes look it up correctly.September 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Rick reed another keyboard warrior douche bagSeptember 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Janet is another brain dead waste of my American airSeptember 05, 2017 08:50am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Janet, they have JOBS they pay TAXES. No free ride for dreamers.September 05, 2017 08:55am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Shame for trying to give their kids a better life. Didn't you do that? And wouldn't you have moved to provide a better life?September 05, 2017 08:56am
Janet A Vehemente 😊😊😊😊💜💜💜💜👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 09:01am
Sharon Rose Wayne Davis, this is specifically about DACA, and it IS true. You can look that up.September 05, 2017 09:04am
Jerry Ashburn And Americans in general as those DACA recipients take jobs away from those here legally.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Cathy Mathis Time for Congress to go to work for the US citizen and stop the resist crap. Reform immigration so it helps everyone to become Citizens and do it right.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Deanne Goddard-Marino If you look back at our imagination policy you would find how racist it is.In the first immigration bill it states how the brown skin Mexican will not fit in as well as Europeans.So let's be clear how unfair and harder it was and is to get here legally for people that are not white.These parents only wanted what all of us want for our children.They are not taking anything away from anyone just stop the stupidity.September 05, 2017 09:13am
Judy Sinard Donald Klees. These people r working have their own medical benefits & pay their bills. They r going to school & learning to contribute to their communities. Many of their parents came over to work in the farms that no other person wanted to do. Some of the people had green cards according to the farmers & then some expired & they continued to work & work hard they did & continue to . They gave their children better lives & wanted them to b educated so they would not have to work on the farms. Now the farmers say that they need more people to work the farms. So u need to do some research on these children & the hx of their parents arrival to this country. My grandmother & grandfather came from Poland, they never documented so that makes my mother & me illegal? There is such a strong hx of immigrants in this country. Some of my Italian friends their grandparents were not documented but they raised strong families & contributed to the community. #trump # worse # president in our hx.September 05, 2017 09:27am
Luiz Salgado 3.500 enlist in the military today serving active dutySeptember 05, 2017 09:27am
Nellie Laan Marcus They are working, studying and registered, making something of themselves, more then I can say for a lot of people born and raised in the US.September 05, 2017 09:39am
Laura Jackson http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-illegal-immigration-costs-296-billion-in-lost-taxes/article/2633178September 05, 2017 09:45am
Ben Domingo Why not just closed it down us immigration soo Nu one came!! Enough open us emmigration tht why we n they want to come for work!! F not for work why are we here for!! Plane to come here not easy saved up n not free!!September 05, 2017 09:47am
Megrez Mraz My Filipino in laws did it the right way. What do you say to them? Sorry, you were stupid enough to follow the law?September 05, 2017 09:49am
Jennifer Doyle I would not categorize Lindsey Graham and John McCain, both Republicans in that manner. I agree, one needs to come here legally. However realistically to spend money and resources to send now teens/adults back to a country they don't know or where they may be at harm, makes no sense. Why not do what some bipartisian groups support--allow them to earn citizenship. And why don't we then cut bak on immigration numbers for several years(not refugees) to allow for the integration of those who qualify under DACA. They did not choose to come here, their parents did. I also know of DACA recipients who have served in military and given much back to this country.September 05, 2017 10:04am
Greg McKee For so many of you, the law and the Constitution mean nothing anymore. Either we are a country of laws - or we are not. You cannot just pick and choose which laws you like or which seem the most compassionate. I am glad that we are moving back toward "blind justice" - laws equally enforced for all based on our Constitution - not what "special" and entitled group you may belong to.September 05, 2017 10:40am
Yemaya De La Mer Might as well take the Statue of Liberty down and put her in a museum, too...September 05, 2017 10:50am
Cresencia Kawaihae Your both right me KanakSeptember 05, 2017 11:21am
Francis Chong Fine the parents and the children they brought into the country illegally each $50,000, and make them all stand in line like the rest did. Stop supporting criminals,Maizie. All you want is their votes. You are totally spineless.September 05, 2017 11:37am
Charles Bittenbring And still nothing from Tulsi? Strangely silent when it comes to Trump.September 05, 2017 11:52am
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , what exactly does here illegally mean to you?September 05, 2017 12:00pm
Ronnie Birchfield Travis Rogers , besides eating, what do you know about economic value in America?September 05, 2017 12:03pm
Sharon Rose Ronnie Birchfield maybe you could go and read what the parameters of DACA are. My comment is specific to the post about DACA being threatened. It isn't a debate or a statement of my interpretation, nor yours for that matter, of what illegal means.September 05, 2017 12:04pm
Ronnie Birchfield I couldn't agree with you more. But the good news is he is finally gone😃and we now have a President that will put America first and not bow to foreign leaders like he (Obama) did and project us as a weak country! Well said god bless America 🇺🇸September 05, 2017 12:07pm
Shanna Gardner Wall or RAIL....September 05, 2017 12:12pm
Rick Soden Travis Rogers good point, a lot of democrats liberals will loose their 'slave labor' work base of illegal aiiens, so that's why no one has gone after the employers, there are people making money off this whole 'illegal alien" slave laborSeptember 05, 2017 12:16pm
Josh Ward Quiet the guarantee Travis Rogers? Hahaha. What a joke!September 05, 2017 12:37pm
Harold Parker Note the use of "hostage", a typical tactic to make people outraged.September 05, 2017 01:39pm
Duncan Franklin Paranoia strikes deep,into the Heart it will creep,starts when your always afraid,step out of line,the man comes,to take you away.Stop,hey,what's that sound,everybody look,what's goin down(buffalo Springfield)September 05, 2017 02:20pm
Floyd Rhoades We are going to secure all of our sovereign borders, WHATEVER IT TAKES, and get back to enforcing the immigration laws put in place by the Representatives of We the People according to the Constitution Article I Section 8, signed by Previous Presidents of both parties and upheld in the Supreme Court. Period.....September 05, 2017 02:48pm
Floyd Rhoades Recently a Congressman said, instead of building a wall on our southern border, we should put another Statue of Liberty there. I think we have enough of those statues. How about this instead? How about Mexico build a statue of liberty on one or more of its borders ??? How about Iran, how about Lebanon, how about China, how about North Korea, how about Brazil, how about Ethiopia, how about New Zealand, Pakistan, Cuba, Congo, Bhutan, Argentina, India, Kazakhstan,,,,,,,,,etc., etc., etc..???????????? How about those and other countries adopt a Constitution like ours and provide their people with the rights and privileges that we have, and open their borders like we have and advertise they want the masses to come there and they will provide the freedom, opportunities and prosperity that America provides to its people??? That would sure as hell take some of the heat and criticism off of us, wouldn't it?????September 05, 2017 02:49pm
Kel Shishido These childrens were brought to the USA for a better life. At least, they go to school, graduate and pay back to society. No like you President Trump! People should boycott his properties and see how many foreign workers he has working for his gold courses and hotels.September 05, 2017 03:21pm
Mary Mcandrew Yes. It would. However, that solution does not fit the whiny angst of the scofflaws. They are more interested in destabilizing the society rather than solutions which work for real liberty for humans.September 05, 2017 05:15pm
Jo Ann Lambert-Downing my AMERICAN (FULLY AMERICAN) child has DREAMS ALSO..and does NOT get free college tuition. "[DACA] was a cynical attempt by Barack Obama... to try to increase registration going into the 2012 election because his aides panicked that Hispanic registration was below 2008.",,,MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.September 05, 2017 05:35pm
Nellie Laan Marcus Nobody is getting free college tuition, I had an fully american student as well, there is financial aide and in state programs but nothing is free. And student loans of course but they were well worth it.September 05, 2017 06:24pm
Mikale Galt This is the correct action. He's given Congress 6 months to legislate a solution. That's why we have 3 branches of government. Laws should come from the legislative branch, not the executive.September 05, 2017 06:58pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino I am not sure what your talking about.The dreamers were children this is there home all they know.Why would I say they are stupid? Not everyone is lucky enough to come here the right way.September 05, 2017 07:20pm
Christina Watts Justice is a blind folded bitch!September 05, 2017 07:21pm
Christina Watts How about sticking to the topic?September 05, 2017 07:27pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino That would mean something if our attorney general and president followed the rule of law.The litttle racist ag lied under oath while the president pardon a racist this is not being done as a rule of law and nothing blind to what is happening.September 05, 2017 07:30pm
Mark Witt Sessions was laughing while giving his shit mouthed speech..hope Mueller rings him a new one!September 05, 2017 08:09pm
Rob Smith Shame these Hawaiian Politicians are not so concerned about, Hurting and homeless and jobless legal locals. !September 05, 2017 08:11pm
James Kong How can they file an income tax return if they don't have a Social Security number? If they do have a number, it must've been obtained illegally.September 05, 2017 09:21pm
Sharon Rose James Kong, I feel like a broken record... read up on DACA. It will answer your questions.September 05, 2017 09:24pm
Bryan Klippert James Kong since BO himself said DACA was unconstitutional I guess it was...I believe they do have SSNs under the programSeptember 05, 2017 09:25pm
James Kong Please give me a citation for them to get a SSN. Here's mine. https://www.uclalawreview.org/deferred-action-supervised-enforcement-discretion-rule-law-basis-executive-action-immigration/September 05, 2017 10:11pm
James Kong Also, this. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.html They'll only get a Federal Tax ID Number not a SSNSeptember 05, 2017 10:14pm
James Kong What part of the Law do you want to enforce? https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:16pm
James Kong How about getting Mexico to stop the illegal immigration from around the world, at their border. It would help us tremendously, with the illegal problemSeptember 05, 2017 10:21pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:26pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:28pm
James Kong https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:31pm
James Kong Except they're supposed to be vetted at the time of arrival. Otherwise it's back to where you came from.September 05, 2017 10:33pm
James Kong They're just flapping their gums. Nothing meaningful will come from this .September 05, 2017 10:34pm
Floyd Rhoades Christina Watts. The subject is illegal immigration. Do you have something to add?September 05, 2017 11:15pm
Travis Evans I think a lot of people dont understand that DACA further incentivizes people to come here illegally. If not for them; for their children. This is only unjust in the lens of the US. Most non-western countries wouldnt and dont have a policy like DACASeptember 06, 2017 04:19am
Travis Evans Brought, illegally. Is it the onus of the US to take in every one who wants to have a better life? If so, we better be prepared to take hundreds of millions of Africans and southeast asians ASAPSeptember 06, 2017 04:20am
Travis Evans DACA encourages parents to bring their children here illegally. Period. Do it the right waySeptember 06, 2017 04:22am
Bernice Barnett Trump picks and chooses. He just pardoned the criminally convicted sheriffSeptember 06, 2017 05:14am
Marv Reeves You are right they are not a threat to anyone. However, like it or not they are not legal citizens of our country. Their parents made the decision to do what tens of thousands of people did before them and that is to become citizens legally. Again, if we do nothing it's not fair to all the people that became citizens the right way.September 06, 2017 05:36am
Marv Reeves That is stupid thinking. You and people like you are the real problem in our country today.September 06, 2017 05:39am
Sharon Rose Marv Reeves, thank you for clearly stating your thoughts in a positive manner. If I'm understanding DACA right, their parents do not always become citizens. Many, if not most, don't know they are not citizens until they need a birth certificate for something like a driver's license. DACA is a path towards legal citizenship. Here's a link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_ActSeptember 06, 2017 06:20am
James Kong How do we determine, who's to stay and who's to go. http://informedfolks.com/trey-gowdy-rips-apart-a-pro-illegal-us-immigration-official-on-live-tv-and-i-cant-stop-cheering/September 06, 2017 06:20am
Sharon Rose This link is DACA specifically and directly says DACA isn't a path to citizenship, nor does it give the rights to federal welfare or student aid. It's requirements mirror DREAM act that can eventually lead to citizenship. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_ArrivalsSeptember 06, 2017 06:27am
Deanne Goddard-Marino Well that is your opinion that I really did ask you for.Do some reading on the matter your just repeating a few GOP senators statements.Some laws need to changed when they are not working for the people.September 06, 2017 03:38pm
Bonnie Musselman Good to see Hawaii's legislators standing up to this bully.September 06, 2017 05:34pm
Bonnie Musselman And you, Greg McKee, can't turn your head when the president and his henchmen flout the Constitution and break the laws. We have a SCOTUS to protect us from this when we can't even trust our own Executive and Legislative branches. You can't cherrypick the laws and you can't cherrypick those who make/break them.September 06, 2017 05:40pm
Bonnie Musselman "Entitled" groups? You mean immigrants? Immigrants like maybe your McKee ancestors? So we should pick and choose which immigrants are allowed to enter? Very convenient for you I'd say. But very transparently wrong-headed and unAmerican.September 06, 2017 05:51pm
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , they are illegal! PeriodSeptember 09, 2017 03:07am
Donald Klees And just how many of these ILLEGALS did either of you take in or are directly supporting with YOUR money and not ours!?September 05, 2017 07:52am
Michael Hessen Give Hawaii to IsraelSeptember 05, 2017 07:59am
La Que Sabe Dean U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) will hold a press conference today to discuss their bipartisan DREAM Act, which would allow young immigrants who grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. WHEN: Today, September 5, 2017 at 3:00pm ET WHERE: Senate Radio-Television Gallery (S-325) WHO: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) LIVESTREAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npToi0C0pgYSeptember 05, 2017 08:03am
Sharon Rose These people are working and contributing, paying their own taxes. Not looking for nor needing any handouts. In fact, the money they contribute to our system via the taxes they pay would cost US coffers about $650million in lost tax revenue. These working people were brought here as children through no will or effort of their own and have chosen to register for or sign up for this program so they can WORK legally and contribute to the only country they have ever known while working towards citizenship. So just exactly HOW are they a threat or cost to anyone?September 05, 2017 08:04am
La Que Sabe Dean Total ignorance! They are ineligible for public benefits.September 05, 2017 08:04am
Duncan Franklin These folks aren't hostages for a wall,there hostages for the poorest of American citizens.Brian you can't take care of the people here,you like bring in more folks,what is your purpose,you should play baseball,you like to throw stones.I don't get you folks logic,you don't solve any of these problems you chirp about,chirpers representing chirpers,waste of taxpayer dollarsSeptember 05, 2017 08:06am
Janet A Vehemente I'm OK with that...hopefully they pay their own way...life don't offer FREE RIDES! 🙅🙅🙅🙅😕😕😕👣👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 08:15am
Rick Reed Another douche DemocRat that stands against America's laws!September 05, 2017 08:18am
Jeanne LaFrantz In case there's still someone out there who hasn't realized it yet he is not human....he's a cruel and sadistic monsterSeptember 05, 2017 08:28am
Travis Rogers The GOP needs to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. They have their heads up their asses. If Republicans want less drugs they need to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. If Republicans want less illegal immigrants Crossing into America then they need to focus on why they are Crossing into America. It's because there is a plethora of jobs available for them by companies who break the law. It seems that Republicans are only focused on law enforcement when it comes to poor people. Law enforcement when it comes to rich people is an afterthought, if that.September 05, 2017 08:30am
Travis Rogers If you have a problem with illegal immigrants then you should focus on the people who employ them illegally instead of the victims of unscrupulous corporations. I'd rather support every DACA recipient over any Donald Trump voter. I guarantee you every single DACA recipient provides more economic value to America than any single Donald Trump voter does.September 05, 2017 08:32am
NoGo TripAdvisor.com Shame on the parents who put them in this situation.September 05, 2017 08:40am
Wayne Davis All illegal immigrants must go through the proper legal Visa process like all the others who have.September 05, 2017 08:48am
Wayne Davis Not true most of the 43 million illegal immigrants are not paying taxes look it up correctly.September 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Rick reed another keyboard warrior douche bagSeptember 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Janet is another brain dead waste of my American airSeptember 05, 2017 08:50am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Janet, they have JOBS they pay TAXES. No free ride for dreamers.September 05, 2017 08:55am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Shame for trying to give their kids a better life. Didn't you do that? And wouldn't you have moved to provide a better life?September 05, 2017 08:56am
Janet A Vehemente 😊😊😊😊💜💜💜💜👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 09:01am
Sharon Rose Wayne Davis, this is specifically about DACA, and it IS true. You can look that up.September 05, 2017 09:04am
Jerry Ashburn And Americans in general as those DACA recipients take jobs away from those here legally.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Cathy Mathis Time for Congress to go to work for the US citizen and stop the resist crap. Reform immigration so it helps everyone to become Citizens and do it right.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Deanne Goddard-Marino If you look back at our imagination policy you would find how racist it is.In the first immigration bill it states how the brown skin Mexican will not fit in as well as Europeans.So let's be clear how unfair and harder it was and is to get here legally for people that are not white.These parents only wanted what all of us want for our children.They are not taking anything away from anyone just stop the stupidity.September 05, 2017 09:13am
Judy Sinard Donald Klees. These people r working have their own medical benefits & pay their bills. They r going to school & learning to contribute to their communities. Many of their parents came over to work in the farms that no other person wanted to do. Some of the people had green cards according to the farmers & then some expired & they continued to work & work hard they did & continue to . They gave their children better lives & wanted them to b educated so they would not have to work on the farms. Now the farmers say that they need more people to work the farms. So u need to do some research on these children & the hx of their parents arrival to this country. My grandmother & grandfather came from Poland, they never documented so that makes my mother & me illegal? There is such a strong hx of immigrants in this country. Some of my Italian friends their grandparents were not documented but they raised strong families & contributed to the community. #trump # worse # president in our hx.September 05, 2017 09:27am
Luiz Salgado 3.500 enlist in the military today serving active dutySeptember 05, 2017 09:27am
Nellie Laan Marcus They are working, studying and registered, making something of themselves, more then I can say for a lot of people born and raised in the US.September 05, 2017 09:39am
Laura Jackson http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-illegal-immigration-costs-296-billion-in-lost-taxes/article/2633178September 05, 2017 09:45am
Ben Domingo Why not just closed it down us immigration soo Nu one came!! Enough open us emmigration tht why we n they want to come for work!! F not for work why are we here for!! Plane to come here not easy saved up n not free!!September 05, 2017 09:47am
Megrez Mraz My Filipino in laws did it the right way. What do you say to them? Sorry, you were stupid enough to follow the law?September 05, 2017 09:49am
Jennifer Doyle I would not categorize Lindsey Graham and John McCain, both Republicans in that manner. I agree, one needs to come here legally. However realistically to spend money and resources to send now teens/adults back to a country they don't know or where they may be at harm, makes no sense. Why not do what some bipartisian groups support--allow them to earn citizenship. And why don't we then cut bak on immigration numbers for several years(not refugees) to allow for the integration of those who qualify under DACA. They did not choose to come here, their parents did. I also know of DACA recipients who have served in military and given much back to this country.September 05, 2017 10:04am
Greg McKee For so many of you, the law and the Constitution mean nothing anymore. Either we are a country of laws - or we are not. You cannot just pick and choose which laws you like or which seem the most compassionate. I am glad that we are moving back toward "blind justice" - laws equally enforced for all based on our Constitution - not what "special" and entitled group you may belong to.September 05, 2017 10:40am
Yemaya De La Mer Might as well take the Statue of Liberty down and put her in a museum, too...September 05, 2017 10:50am
Cresencia Kawaihae Your both right me KanakSeptember 05, 2017 11:21am
Francis Chong Fine the parents and the children they brought into the country illegally each $50,000, and make them all stand in line like the rest did. Stop supporting criminals,Maizie. All you want is their votes. You are totally spineless.September 05, 2017 11:37am
Charles Bittenbring And still nothing from Tulsi? Strangely silent when it comes to Trump.September 05, 2017 11:52am
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , what exactly does here illegally mean to you?September 05, 2017 12:00pm
Ronnie Birchfield Travis Rogers , besides eating, what do you know about economic value in America?September 05, 2017 12:03pm
Sharon Rose Ronnie Birchfield maybe you could go and read what the parameters of DACA are. My comment is specific to the post about DACA being threatened. It isn't a debate or a statement of my interpretation, nor yours for that matter, of what illegal means.September 05, 2017 12:04pm
Ronnie Birchfield I couldn't agree with you more. But the good news is he is finally gone😃and we now have a President that will put America first and not bow to foreign leaders like he (Obama) did and project us as a weak country! Well said god bless America 🇺🇸September 05, 2017 12:07pm
Shanna Gardner Wall or RAIL....September 05, 2017 12:12pm
Rick Soden Travis Rogers good point, a lot of democrats liberals will loose their 'slave labor' work base of illegal aiiens, so that's why no one has gone after the employers, there are people making money off this whole 'illegal alien" slave laborSeptember 05, 2017 12:16pm
Josh Ward Quiet the guarantee Travis Rogers? Hahaha. What a joke!September 05, 2017 12:37pm
Harold Parker Note the use of "hostage", a typical tactic to make people outraged.September 05, 2017 01:39pm
Duncan Franklin Paranoia strikes deep,into the Heart it will creep,starts when your always afraid,step out of line,the man comes,to take you away.Stop,hey,what's that sound,everybody look,what's goin down(buffalo Springfield)September 05, 2017 02:20pm
Floyd Rhoades We are going to secure all of our sovereign borders, WHATEVER IT TAKES, and get back to enforcing the immigration laws put in place by the Representatives of We the People according to the Constitution Article I Section 8, signed by Previous Presidents of both parties and upheld in the Supreme Court. Period.....September 05, 2017 02:48pm
Floyd Rhoades Recently a Congressman said, instead of building a wall on our southern border, we should put another Statue of Liberty there. I think we have enough of those statues. How about this instead? How about Mexico build a statue of liberty on one or more of its borders ??? How about Iran, how about Lebanon, how about China, how about North Korea, how about Brazil, how about Ethiopia, how about New Zealand, Pakistan, Cuba, Congo, Bhutan, Argentina, India, Kazakhstan,,,,,,,,,etc., etc., etc..???????????? How about those and other countries adopt a Constitution like ours and provide their people with the rights and privileges that we have, and open their borders like we have and advertise they want the masses to come there and they will provide the freedom, opportunities and prosperity that America provides to its people??? That would sure as hell take some of the heat and criticism off of us, wouldn't it?????September 05, 2017 02:49pm
Kel Shishido These childrens were brought to the USA for a better life. At least, they go to school, graduate and pay back to society. No like you President Trump! People should boycott his properties and see how many foreign workers he has working for his gold courses and hotels.September 05, 2017 03:21pm
Mary Mcandrew Yes. It would. However, that solution does not fit the whiny angst of the scofflaws. They are more interested in destabilizing the society rather than solutions which work for real liberty for humans.September 05, 2017 05:15pm
Jo Ann Lambert-Downing my AMERICAN (FULLY AMERICAN) child has DREAMS ALSO..and does NOT get free college tuition. "[DACA] was a cynical attempt by Barack Obama... to try to increase registration going into the 2012 election because his aides panicked that Hispanic registration was below 2008.",,,MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.September 05, 2017 05:35pm
Nellie Laan Marcus Nobody is getting free college tuition, I had an fully american student as well, there is financial aide and in state programs but nothing is free. And student loans of course but they were well worth it.September 05, 2017 06:24pm
Mikale Galt This is the correct action. He's given Congress 6 months to legislate a solution. That's why we have 3 branches of government. Laws should come from the legislative branch, not the executive.September 05, 2017 06:58pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino I am not sure what your talking about.The dreamers were children this is there home all they know.Why would I say they are stupid? Not everyone is lucky enough to come here the right way.September 05, 2017 07:20pm
Christina Watts Justice is a blind folded bitch!September 05, 2017 07:21pm
Christina Watts How about sticking to the topic?September 05, 2017 07:27pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino That would mean something if our attorney general and president followed the rule of law.The litttle racist ag lied under oath while the president pardon a racist this is not being done as a rule of law and nothing blind to what is happening.September 05, 2017 07:30pm
Mark Witt Sessions was laughing while giving his shit mouthed speech..hope Mueller rings him a new one!September 05, 2017 08:09pm
Rob Smith Shame these Hawaiian Politicians are not so concerned about, Hurting and homeless and jobless legal locals. !September 05, 2017 08:11pm
James Kong How can they file an income tax return if they don't have a Social Security number? If they do have a number, it must've been obtained illegally.September 05, 2017 09:21pm
Sharon Rose James Kong, I feel like a broken record... read up on DACA. It will answer your questions.September 05, 2017 09:24pm
Bryan Klippert James Kong since BO himself said DACA was unconstitutional I guess it was...I believe they do have SSNs under the programSeptember 05, 2017 09:25pm
James Kong Please give me a citation for them to get a SSN. Here's mine. https://www.uclalawreview.org/deferred-action-supervised-enforcement-discretion-rule-law-basis-executive-action-immigration/September 05, 2017 10:11pm
James Kong Also, this. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.html They'll only get a Federal Tax ID Number not a SSNSeptember 05, 2017 10:14pm
James Kong What part of the Law do you want to enforce? https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:16pm
James Kong How about getting Mexico to stop the illegal immigration from around the world, at their border. It would help us tremendously, with the illegal problemSeptember 05, 2017 10:21pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:26pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:28pm
James Kong https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:31pm
James Kong Except they're supposed to be vetted at the time of arrival. Otherwise it's back to where you came from.September 05, 2017 10:33pm
James Kong They're just flapping their gums. Nothing meaningful will come from this .September 05, 2017 10:34pm
Floyd Rhoades Christina Watts. The subject is illegal immigration. Do you have something to add?September 05, 2017 11:15pm
Travis Evans I think a lot of people dont understand that DACA further incentivizes people to come here illegally. If not for them; for their children. This is only unjust in the lens of the US. Most non-western countries wouldnt and dont have a policy like DACASeptember 06, 2017 04:19am
Travis Evans Brought, illegally. Is it the onus of the US to take in every one who wants to have a better life? If so, we better be prepared to take hundreds of millions of Africans and southeast asians ASAPSeptember 06, 2017 04:20am
Travis Evans DACA encourages parents to bring their children here illegally. Period. Do it the right waySeptember 06, 2017 04:22am
Bernice Barnett Trump picks and chooses. He just pardoned the criminally convicted sheriffSeptember 06, 2017 05:14am
Marv Reeves You are right they are not a threat to anyone. However, like it or not they are not legal citizens of our country. Their parents made the decision to do what tens of thousands of people did before them and that is to become citizens legally. Again, if we do nothing it's not fair to all the people that became citizens the right way.September 06, 2017 05:36am
Marv Reeves That is stupid thinking. You and people like you are the real problem in our country today.September 06, 2017 05:39am
Sharon Rose Marv Reeves, thank you for clearly stating your thoughts in a positive manner. If I'm understanding DACA right, their parents do not always become citizens. Many, if not most, don't know they are not citizens until they need a birth certificate for something like a driver's license. DACA is a path towards legal citizenship. Here's a link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_ActSeptember 06, 2017 06:20am
James Kong How do we determine, who's to stay and who's to go. http://informedfolks.com/trey-gowdy-rips-apart-a-pro-illegal-us-immigration-official-on-live-tv-and-i-cant-stop-cheering/September 06, 2017 06:20am
Sharon Rose This link is DACA specifically and directly says DACA isn't a path to citizenship, nor does it give the rights to federal welfare or student aid. It's requirements mirror DREAM act that can eventually lead to citizenship. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_ArrivalsSeptember 06, 2017 06:27am
Deanne Goddard-Marino Well that is your opinion that I really did ask you for.Do some reading on the matter your just repeating a few GOP senators statements.Some laws need to changed when they are not working for the people.September 06, 2017 03:38pm
Bonnie Musselman Good to see Hawaii's legislators standing up to this bully.September 06, 2017 05:34pm
Bonnie Musselman And you, Greg McKee, can't turn your head when the president and his henchmen flout the Constitution and break the laws. We have a SCOTUS to protect us from this when we can't even trust our own Executive and Legislative branches. You can't cherrypick the laws and you can't cherrypick those who make/break them.September 06, 2017 05:40pm
Bonnie Musselman "Entitled" groups? You mean immigrants? Immigrants like maybe your McKee ancestors? So we should pick and choose which immigrants are allowed to enter? Very convenient for you I'd say. But very transparently wrong-headed and unAmerican.September 06, 2017 05:51pm
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , they are illegal! PeriodSeptember 09, 2017 03:07am
Donald Klees And just how many of these ILLEGALS did either of you take in or are directly supporting with YOUR money and not ours!?September 05, 2017 07:52am
Michael Hessen Give Hawaii to IsraelSeptember 05, 2017 07:59am
La Que Sabe Dean U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) will hold a press conference today to discuss their bipartisan DREAM Act, which would allow young immigrants who grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. WHEN: Today, September 5, 2017 at 3:00pm ET WHERE: Senate Radio-Television Gallery (S-325) WHO: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) LIVESTREAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npToi0C0pgYSeptember 05, 2017 08:03am
Sharon Rose These people are working and contributing, paying their own taxes. Not looking for nor needing any handouts. In fact, the money they contribute to our system via the taxes they pay would cost US coffers about $650million in lost tax revenue. These working people were brought here as children through no will or effort of their own and have chosen to register for or sign up for this program so they can WORK legally and contribute to the only country they have ever known while working towards citizenship. So just exactly HOW are they a threat or cost to anyone?September 05, 2017 08:04am
La Que Sabe Dean Total ignorance! They are ineligible for public benefits.September 05, 2017 08:04am
Duncan Franklin These folks aren't hostages for a wall,there hostages for the poorest of American citizens.Brian you can't take care of the people here,you like bring in more folks,what is your purpose,you should play baseball,you like to throw stones.I don't get you folks logic,you don't solve any of these problems you chirp about,chirpers representing chirpers,waste of taxpayer dollarsSeptember 05, 2017 08:06am
Janet A Vehemente I'm OK with that...hopefully they pay their own way...life don't offer FREE RIDES! 🙅🙅🙅🙅😕😕😕👣👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 08:15am
Rick Reed Another douche DemocRat that stands against America's laws!September 05, 2017 08:18am
Jeanne LaFrantz In case there's still someone out there who hasn't realized it yet he is not human....he's a cruel and sadistic monsterSeptember 05, 2017 08:28am
Travis Rogers The GOP needs to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. They have their heads up their asses. If Republicans want less drugs they need to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. If Republicans want less illegal immigrants Crossing into America then they need to focus on why they are Crossing into America. It's because there is a plethora of jobs available for them by companies who break the law. It seems that Republicans are only focused on law enforcement when it comes to poor people. Law enforcement when it comes to rich people is an afterthought, if that.September 05, 2017 08:30am
Travis Rogers If you have a problem with illegal immigrants then you should focus on the people who employ them illegally instead of the victims of unscrupulous corporations. I'd rather support every DACA recipient over any Donald Trump voter. I guarantee you every single DACA recipient provides more economic value to America than any single Donald Trump voter does.September 05, 2017 08:32am
NoGo TripAdvisor.com Shame on the parents who put them in this situation.September 05, 2017 08:40am
Wayne Davis All illegal immigrants must go through the proper legal Visa process like all the others who have.September 05, 2017 08:48am
Wayne Davis Not true most of the 43 million illegal immigrants are not paying taxes look it up correctly.September 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Rick reed another keyboard warrior douche bagSeptember 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Janet is another brain dead waste of my American airSeptember 05, 2017 08:50am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Janet, they have JOBS they pay TAXES. No free ride for dreamers.September 05, 2017 08:55am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Shame for trying to give their kids a better life. Didn't you do that? And wouldn't you have moved to provide a better life?September 05, 2017 08:56am
Janet A Vehemente 😊😊😊😊💜💜💜💜👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 09:01am
Sharon Rose Wayne Davis, this is specifically about DACA, and it IS true. You can look that up.September 05, 2017 09:04am
Jerry Ashburn And Americans in general as those DACA recipients take jobs away from those here legally.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Cathy Mathis Time for Congress to go to work for the US citizen and stop the resist crap. Reform immigration so it helps everyone to become Citizens and do it right.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Deanne Goddard-Marino If you look back at our imagination policy you would find how racist it is.In the first immigration bill it states how the brown skin Mexican will not fit in as well as Europeans.So let's be clear how unfair and harder it was and is to get here legally for people that are not white.These parents only wanted what all of us want for our children.They are not taking anything away from anyone just stop the stupidity.September 05, 2017 09:13am
Judy Sinard Donald Klees. These people r working have their own medical benefits & pay their bills. They r going to school & learning to contribute to their communities. Many of their parents came over to work in the farms that no other person wanted to do. Some of the people had green cards according to the farmers & then some expired & they continued to work & work hard they did & continue to . They gave their children better lives & wanted them to b educated so they would not have to work on the farms. Now the farmers say that they need more people to work the farms. So u need to do some research on these children & the hx of their parents arrival to this country. My grandmother & grandfather came from Poland, they never documented so that makes my mother & me illegal? There is such a strong hx of immigrants in this country. Some of my Italian friends their grandparents were not documented but they raised strong families & contributed to the community. #trump # worse # president in our hx.September 05, 2017 09:27am
Luiz Salgado 3.500 enlist in the military today serving active dutySeptember 05, 2017 09:27am
Nellie Laan Marcus They are working, studying and registered, making something of themselves, more then I can say for a lot of people born and raised in the US.September 05, 2017 09:39am
Laura Jackson http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-illegal-immigration-costs-296-billion-in-lost-taxes/article/2633178September 05, 2017 09:45am
Ben Domingo Why not just closed it down us immigration soo Nu one came!! Enough open us emmigration tht why we n they want to come for work!! F not for work why are we here for!! Plane to come here not easy saved up n not free!!September 05, 2017 09:47am
Megrez Mraz My Filipino in laws did it the right way. What do you say to them? Sorry, you were stupid enough to follow the law?September 05, 2017 09:49am
Jennifer Doyle I would not categorize Lindsey Graham and John McCain, both Republicans in that manner. I agree, one needs to come here legally. However realistically to spend money and resources to send now teens/adults back to a country they don't know or where they may be at harm, makes no sense. Why not do what some bipartisian groups support--allow them to earn citizenship. And why don't we then cut bak on immigration numbers for several years(not refugees) to allow for the integration of those who qualify under DACA. They did not choose to come here, their parents did. I also know of DACA recipients who have served in military and given much back to this country.September 05, 2017 10:04am
Greg McKee For so many of you, the law and the Constitution mean nothing anymore. Either we are a country of laws - or we are not. You cannot just pick and choose which laws you like or which seem the most compassionate. I am glad that we are moving back toward "blind justice" - laws equally enforced for all based on our Constitution - not what "special" and entitled group you may belong to.September 05, 2017 10:40am
Yemaya De La Mer Might as well take the Statue of Liberty down and put her in a museum, too...September 05, 2017 10:50am
Cresencia Kawaihae Your both right me KanakSeptember 05, 2017 11:21am
Francis Chong Fine the parents and the children they brought into the country illegally each $50,000, and make them all stand in line like the rest did. Stop supporting criminals,Maizie. All you want is their votes. You are totally spineless.September 05, 2017 11:37am
Charles Bittenbring And still nothing from Tulsi? Strangely silent when it comes to Trump.September 05, 2017 11:52am
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , what exactly does here illegally mean to you?September 05, 2017 12:00pm
Ronnie Birchfield Travis Rogers , besides eating, what do you know about economic value in America?September 05, 2017 12:03pm
Sharon Rose Ronnie Birchfield maybe you could go and read what the parameters of DACA are. My comment is specific to the post about DACA being threatened. It isn't a debate or a statement of my interpretation, nor yours for that matter, of what illegal means.September 05, 2017 12:04pm
Ronnie Birchfield I couldn't agree with you more. But the good news is he is finally gone😃and we now have a President that will put America first and not bow to foreign leaders like he (Obama) did and project us as a weak country! Well said god bless America 🇺🇸September 05, 2017 12:07pm
Shanna Gardner Wall or RAIL....September 05, 2017 12:12pm
Rick Soden Travis Rogers good point, a lot of democrats liberals will loose their 'slave labor' work base of illegal aiiens, so that's why no one has gone after the employers, there are people making money off this whole 'illegal alien" slave laborSeptember 05, 2017 12:16pm
Josh Ward Quiet the guarantee Travis Rogers? Hahaha. What a joke!September 05, 2017 12:37pm
Harold Parker Note the use of "hostage", a typical tactic to make people outraged.September 05, 2017 01:39pm
Duncan Franklin Paranoia strikes deep,into the Heart it will creep,starts when your always afraid,step out of line,the man comes,to take you away.Stop,hey,what's that sound,everybody look,what's goin down(buffalo Springfield)September 05, 2017 02:20pm
Floyd Rhoades We are going to secure all of our sovereign borders, WHATEVER IT TAKES, and get back to enforcing the immigration laws put in place by the Representatives of We the People according to the Constitution Article I Section 8, signed by Previous Presidents of both parties and upheld in the Supreme Court. Period.....September 05, 2017 02:48pm
Floyd Rhoades Recently a Congressman said, instead of building a wall on our southern border, we should put another Statue of Liberty there. I think we have enough of those statues. How about this instead? How about Mexico build a statue of liberty on one or more of its borders ??? How about Iran, how about Lebanon, how about China, how about North Korea, how about Brazil, how about Ethiopia, how about New Zealand, Pakistan, Cuba, Congo, Bhutan, Argentina, India, Kazakhstan,,,,,,,,,etc., etc., etc..???????????? How about those and other countries adopt a Constitution like ours and provide their people with the rights and privileges that we have, and open their borders like we have and advertise they want the masses to come there and they will provide the freedom, opportunities and prosperity that America provides to its people??? That would sure as hell take some of the heat and criticism off of us, wouldn't it?????September 05, 2017 02:49pm
Kel Shishido These childrens were brought to the USA for a better life. At least, they go to school, graduate and pay back to society. No like you President Trump! People should boycott his properties and see how many foreign workers he has working for his gold courses and hotels.September 05, 2017 03:21pm
Mary Mcandrew Yes. It would. However, that solution does not fit the whiny angst of the scofflaws. They are more interested in destabilizing the society rather than solutions which work for real liberty for humans.September 05, 2017 05:15pm
Jo Ann Lambert-Downing my AMERICAN (FULLY AMERICAN) child has DREAMS ALSO..and does NOT get free college tuition. "[DACA] was a cynical attempt by Barack Obama... to try to increase registration going into the 2012 election because his aides panicked that Hispanic registration was below 2008.",,,MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.September 05, 2017 05:35pm
Nellie Laan Marcus Nobody is getting free college tuition, I had an fully american student as well, there is financial aide and in state programs but nothing is free. And student loans of course but they were well worth it.September 05, 2017 06:24pm
Mikale Galt This is the correct action. He's given Congress 6 months to legislate a solution. That's why we have 3 branches of government. Laws should come from the legislative branch, not the executive.September 05, 2017 06:58pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino I am not sure what your talking about.The dreamers were children this is there home all they know.Why would I say they are stupid? Not everyone is lucky enough to come here the right way.September 05, 2017 07:20pm
Christina Watts Justice is a blind folded bitch!September 05, 2017 07:21pm
Christina Watts How about sticking to the topic?September 05, 2017 07:27pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino That would mean something if our attorney general and president followed the rule of law.The litttle racist ag lied under oath while the president pardon a racist this is not being done as a rule of law and nothing blind to what is happening.September 05, 2017 07:30pm
Mark Witt Sessions was laughing while giving his shit mouthed speech..hope Mueller rings him a new one!September 05, 2017 08:09pm
Rob Smith Shame these Hawaiian Politicians are not so concerned about, Hurting and homeless and jobless legal locals. !September 05, 2017 08:11pm
James Kong How can they file an income tax return if they don't have a Social Security number? If they do have a number, it must've been obtained illegally.September 05, 2017 09:21pm
Sharon Rose James Kong, I feel like a broken record... read up on DACA. It will answer your questions.September 05, 2017 09:24pm
Bryan Klippert James Kong since BO himself said DACA was unconstitutional I guess it was...I believe they do have SSNs under the programSeptember 05, 2017 09:25pm
James Kong Please give me a citation for them to get a SSN. Here's mine. https://www.uclalawreview.org/deferred-action-supervised-enforcement-discretion-rule-law-basis-executive-action-immigration/September 05, 2017 10:11pm
James Kong Also, this. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.html They'll only get a Federal Tax ID Number not a SSNSeptember 05, 2017 10:14pm
James Kong What part of the Law do you want to enforce? https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:16pm
James Kong How about getting Mexico to stop the illegal immigration from around the world, at their border. It would help us tremendously, with the illegal problemSeptember 05, 2017 10:21pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:26pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:28pm
James Kong https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:31pm
James Kong Except they're supposed to be vetted at the time of arrival. Otherwise it's back to where you came from.September 05, 2017 10:33pm
James Kong They're just flapping their gums. Nothing meaningful will come from this .September 05, 2017 10:34pm
Floyd Rhoades Christina Watts. The subject is illegal immigration. Do you have something to add?September 05, 2017 11:15pm
Travis Evans I think a lot of people dont understand that DACA further incentivizes people to come here illegally. If not for them; for their children. This is only unjust in the lens of the US. Most non-western countries wouldnt and dont have a policy like DACASeptember 06, 2017 04:19am
Travis Evans Brought, illegally. Is it the onus of the US to take in every one who wants to have a better life? If so, we better be prepared to take hundreds of millions of Africans and southeast asians ASAPSeptember 06, 2017 04:20am
Travis Evans DACA encourages parents to bring their children here illegally. Period. Do it the right waySeptember 06, 2017 04:22am
Bernice Barnett Trump picks and chooses. He just pardoned the criminally convicted sheriffSeptember 06, 2017 05:14am
Marv Reeves You are right they are not a threat to anyone. However, like it or not they are not legal citizens of our country. Their parents made the decision to do what tens of thousands of people did before them and that is to become citizens legally. Again, if we do nothing it's not fair to all the people that became citizens the right way.September 06, 2017 05:36am
Marv Reeves That is stupid thinking. You and people like you are the real problem in our country today.September 06, 2017 05:39am
Sharon Rose Marv Reeves, thank you for clearly stating your thoughts in a positive manner. If I'm understanding DACA right, their parents do not always become citizens. Many, if not most, don't know they are not citizens until they need a birth certificate for something like a driver's license. DACA is a path towards legal citizenship. Here's a link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_ActSeptember 06, 2017 06:20am
James Kong How do we determine, who's to stay and who's to go. http://informedfolks.com/trey-gowdy-rips-apart-a-pro-illegal-us-immigration-official-on-live-tv-and-i-cant-stop-cheering/September 06, 2017 06:20am
Sharon Rose This link is DACA specifically and directly says DACA isn't a path to citizenship, nor does it give the rights to federal welfare or student aid. It's requirements mirror DREAM act that can eventually lead to citizenship. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_ArrivalsSeptember 06, 2017 06:27am
Deanne Goddard-Marino Well that is your opinion that I really did ask you for.Do some reading on the matter your just repeating a few GOP senators statements.Some laws need to changed when they are not working for the people.September 06, 2017 03:38pm
Bonnie Musselman Good to see Hawaii's legislators standing up to this bully.September 06, 2017 05:34pm
Bonnie Musselman And you, Greg McKee, can't turn your head when the president and his henchmen flout the Constitution and break the laws. We have a SCOTUS to protect us from this when we can't even trust our own Executive and Legislative branches. You can't cherrypick the laws and you can't cherrypick those who make/break them.September 06, 2017 05:40pm
Bonnie Musselman "Entitled" groups? You mean immigrants? Immigrants like maybe your McKee ancestors? So we should pick and choose which immigrants are allowed to enter? Very convenient for you I'd say. But very transparently wrong-headed and unAmerican.September 06, 2017 05:51pm
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , they are illegal! PeriodSeptember 09, 2017 03:07am
Donald Klees And just how many of these ILLEGALS did either of you take in or are directly supporting with YOUR money and not ours!?September 05, 2017 07:52am
Michael Hessen Give Hawaii to IsraelSeptember 05, 2017 07:59am
La Que Sabe Dean U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) will hold a press conference today to discuss their bipartisan DREAM Act, which would allow young immigrants who grew up in the United States to earn lawful permanent residence and eventually American citizenship. WHEN: Today, September 5, 2017 at 3:00pm ET WHERE: Senate Radio-Television Gallery (S-325) WHO: U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) LIVESTREAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npToi0C0pgYSeptember 05, 2017 08:03am
Sharon Rose These people are working and contributing, paying their own taxes. Not looking for nor needing any handouts. In fact, the money they contribute to our system via the taxes they pay would cost US coffers about $650million in lost tax revenue. These working people were brought here as children through no will or effort of their own and have chosen to register for or sign up for this program so they can WORK legally and contribute to the only country they have ever known while working towards citizenship. So just exactly HOW are they a threat or cost to anyone?September 05, 2017 08:04am
La Que Sabe Dean Total ignorance! They are ineligible for public benefits.September 05, 2017 08:04am
Duncan Franklin These folks aren't hostages for a wall,there hostages for the poorest of American citizens.Brian you can't take care of the people here,you like bring in more folks,what is your purpose,you should play baseball,you like to throw stones.I don't get you folks logic,you don't solve any of these problems you chirp about,chirpers representing chirpers,waste of taxpayer dollarsSeptember 05, 2017 08:06am
Janet A Vehemente I'm OK with that...hopefully they pay their own way...life don't offer FREE RIDES! 🙅🙅🙅🙅😕😕😕👣👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 08:15am
Rick Reed Another douche DemocRat that stands against America's laws!September 05, 2017 08:18am
Jeanne LaFrantz In case there's still someone out there who hasn't realized it yet he is not human....he's a cruel and sadistic monsterSeptember 05, 2017 08:28am
Travis Rogers The GOP needs to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. They have their heads up their asses. If Republicans want less drugs they need to stop focusing on the supply and start focusing on the demand. If Republicans want less illegal immigrants Crossing into America then they need to focus on why they are Crossing into America. It's because there is a plethora of jobs available for them by companies who break the law. It seems that Republicans are only focused on law enforcement when it comes to poor people. Law enforcement when it comes to rich people is an afterthought, if that.September 05, 2017 08:30am
Travis Rogers If you have a problem with illegal immigrants then you should focus on the people who employ them illegally instead of the victims of unscrupulous corporations. I'd rather support every DACA recipient over any Donald Trump voter. I guarantee you every single DACA recipient provides more economic value to America than any single Donald Trump voter does.September 05, 2017 08:32am
NoGo TripAdvisor.com Shame on the parents who put them in this situation.September 05, 2017 08:40am
Wayne Davis All illegal immigrants must go through the proper legal Visa process like all the others who have.September 05, 2017 08:48am
Wayne Davis Not true most of the 43 million illegal immigrants are not paying taxes look it up correctly.September 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Rick reed another keyboard warrior douche bagSeptember 05, 2017 08:49am
Reade Wollemann Janet is another brain dead waste of my American airSeptember 05, 2017 08:50am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Janet, they have JOBS they pay TAXES. No free ride for dreamers.September 05, 2017 08:55am
Kristina Voorhees Adams Shame for trying to give their kids a better life. Didn't you do that? And wouldn't you have moved to provide a better life?September 05, 2017 08:56am
Janet A Vehemente 😊😊😊😊💜💜💜💜👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧September 05, 2017 09:01am
Sharon Rose Wayne Davis, this is specifically about DACA, and it IS true. You can look that up.September 05, 2017 09:04am
Jerry Ashburn And Americans in general as those DACA recipients take jobs away from those here legally.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Cathy Mathis Time for Congress to go to work for the US citizen and stop the resist crap. Reform immigration so it helps everyone to become Citizens and do it right.September 05, 2017 09:09am
Deanne Goddard-Marino If you look back at our imagination policy you would find how racist it is.In the first immigration bill it states how the brown skin Mexican will not fit in as well as Europeans.So let's be clear how unfair and harder it was and is to get here legally for people that are not white.These parents only wanted what all of us want for our children.They are not taking anything away from anyone just stop the stupidity.September 05, 2017 09:13am
Judy Sinard Donald Klees. These people r working have their own medical benefits & pay their bills. They r going to school & learning to contribute to their communities. Many of their parents came over to work in the farms that no other person wanted to do. Some of the people had green cards according to the farmers & then some expired & they continued to work & work hard they did & continue to . They gave their children better lives & wanted them to b educated so they would not have to work on the farms. Now the farmers say that they need more people to work the farms. So u need to do some research on these children & the hx of their parents arrival to this country. My grandmother & grandfather came from Poland, they never documented so that makes my mother & me illegal? There is such a strong hx of immigrants in this country. Some of my Italian friends their grandparents were not documented but they raised strong families & contributed to the community. #trump # worse # president in our hx.September 05, 2017 09:27am
Luiz Salgado 3.500 enlist in the military today serving active dutySeptember 05, 2017 09:27am
Nellie Laan Marcus They are working, studying and registered, making something of themselves, more then I can say for a lot of people born and raised in the US.September 05, 2017 09:39am
Laura Jackson http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-illegal-immigration-costs-296-billion-in-lost-taxes/article/2633178September 05, 2017 09:45am
Ben Domingo Why not just closed it down us immigration soo Nu one came!! Enough open us emmigration tht why we n they want to come for work!! F not for work why are we here for!! Plane to come here not easy saved up n not free!!September 05, 2017 09:47am
Megrez Mraz My Filipino in laws did it the right way. What do you say to them? Sorry, you were stupid enough to follow the law?September 05, 2017 09:49am
Jennifer Doyle I would not categorize Lindsey Graham and John McCain, both Republicans in that manner. I agree, one needs to come here legally. However realistically to spend money and resources to send now teens/adults back to a country they don't know or where they may be at harm, makes no sense. Why not do what some bipartisian groups support--allow them to earn citizenship. And why don't we then cut bak on immigration numbers for several years(not refugees) to allow for the integration of those who qualify under DACA. They did not choose to come here, their parents did. I also know of DACA recipients who have served in military and given much back to this country.September 05, 2017 10:04am
Greg McKee For so many of you, the law and the Constitution mean nothing anymore. Either we are a country of laws - or we are not. You cannot just pick and choose which laws you like or which seem the most compassionate. I am glad that we are moving back toward "blind justice" - laws equally enforced for all based on our Constitution - not what "special" and entitled group you may belong to.September 05, 2017 10:40am
Yemaya De La Mer Might as well take the Statue of Liberty down and put her in a museum, too...September 05, 2017 10:50am
Cresencia Kawaihae Your both right me KanakSeptember 05, 2017 11:21am
Francis Chong Fine the parents and the children they brought into the country illegally each $50,000, and make them all stand in line like the rest did. Stop supporting criminals,Maizie. All you want is their votes. You are totally spineless.September 05, 2017 11:37am
Charles Bittenbring And still nothing from Tulsi? Strangely silent when it comes to Trump.September 05, 2017 11:52am
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , what exactly does here illegally mean to you?September 05, 2017 12:00pm
Ronnie Birchfield Travis Rogers , besides eating, what do you know about economic value in America?September 05, 2017 12:03pm
Sharon Rose Ronnie Birchfield maybe you could go and read what the parameters of DACA are. My comment is specific to the post about DACA being threatened. It isn't a debate or a statement of my interpretation, nor yours for that matter, of what illegal means.September 05, 2017 12:04pm
Ronnie Birchfield I couldn't agree with you more. But the good news is he is finally gone😃and we now have a President that will put America first and not bow to foreign leaders like he (Obama) did and project us as a weak country! Well said god bless America 🇺🇸September 05, 2017 12:07pm
Shanna Gardner Wall or RAIL....September 05, 2017 12:12pm
Rick Soden Travis Rogers good point, a lot of democrats liberals will loose their 'slave labor' work base of illegal aiiens, so that's why no one has gone after the employers, there are people making money off this whole 'illegal alien" slave laborSeptember 05, 2017 12:16pm
Josh Ward Quiet the guarantee Travis Rogers? Hahaha. What a joke!September 05, 2017 12:37pm
Harold Parker Note the use of "hostage", a typical tactic to make people outraged.September 05, 2017 01:39pm
Duncan Franklin Paranoia strikes deep,into the Heart it will creep,starts when your always afraid,step out of line,the man comes,to take you away.Stop,hey,what's that sound,everybody look,what's goin down(buffalo Springfield)September 05, 2017 02:20pm
Floyd Rhoades We are going to secure all of our sovereign borders, WHATEVER IT TAKES, and get back to enforcing the immigration laws put in place by the Representatives of We the People according to the Constitution Article I Section 8, signed by Previous Presidents of both parties and upheld in the Supreme Court. Period.....September 05, 2017 02:48pm
Floyd Rhoades Recently a Congressman said, instead of building a wall on our southern border, we should put another Statue of Liberty there. I think we have enough of those statues. How about this instead? How about Mexico build a statue of liberty on one or more of its borders ??? How about Iran, how about Lebanon, how about China, how about North Korea, how about Brazil, how about Ethiopia, how about New Zealand, Pakistan, Cuba, Congo, Bhutan, Argentina, India, Kazakhstan,,,,,,,,,etc., etc., etc..???????????? How about those and other countries adopt a Constitution like ours and provide their people with the rights and privileges that we have, and open their borders like we have and advertise they want the masses to come there and they will provide the freedom, opportunities and prosperity that America provides to its people??? That would sure as hell take some of the heat and criticism off of us, wouldn't it?????September 05, 2017 02:49pm
Kel Shishido These childrens were brought to the USA for a better life. At least, they go to school, graduate and pay back to society. No like you President Trump! People should boycott his properties and see how many foreign workers he has working for his gold courses and hotels.September 05, 2017 03:21pm
Mary Mcandrew Yes. It would. However, that solution does not fit the whiny angst of the scofflaws. They are more interested in destabilizing the society rather than solutions which work for real liberty for humans.September 05, 2017 05:15pm
Jo Ann Lambert-Downing my AMERICAN (FULLY AMERICAN) child has DREAMS ALSO..and does NOT get free college tuition. "[DACA] was a cynical attempt by Barack Obama... to try to increase registration going into the 2012 election because his aides panicked that Hispanic registration was below 2008.",,,MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.September 05, 2017 05:35pm
Nellie Laan Marcus Nobody is getting free college tuition, I had an fully american student as well, there is financial aide and in state programs but nothing is free. And student loans of course but they were well worth it.September 05, 2017 06:24pm
Mikale Galt This is the correct action. He's given Congress 6 months to legislate a solution. That's why we have 3 branches of government. Laws should come from the legislative branch, not the executive.September 05, 2017 06:58pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino I am not sure what your talking about.The dreamers were children this is there home all they know.Why would I say they are stupid? Not everyone is lucky enough to come here the right way.September 05, 2017 07:20pm
Christina Watts Justice is a blind folded bitch!September 05, 2017 07:21pm
Christina Watts How about sticking to the topic?September 05, 2017 07:27pm
Deanne Goddard-Marino That would mean something if our attorney general and president followed the rule of law.The litttle racist ag lied under oath while the president pardon a racist this is not being done as a rule of law and nothing blind to what is happening.September 05, 2017 07:30pm
Mark Witt Sessions was laughing while giving his shit mouthed speech..hope Mueller rings him a new one!September 05, 2017 08:09pm
Rob Smith Shame these Hawaiian Politicians are not so concerned about, Hurting and homeless and jobless legal locals. !September 05, 2017 08:11pm
James Kong How can they file an income tax return if they don't have a Social Security number? If they do have a number, it must've been obtained illegally.September 05, 2017 09:21pm
Sharon Rose James Kong, I feel like a broken record... read up on DACA. It will answer your questions.September 05, 2017 09:24pm
Bryan Klippert James Kong since BO himself said DACA was unconstitutional I guess it was...I believe they do have SSNs under the programSeptember 05, 2017 09:25pm
James Kong Please give me a citation for them to get a SSN. Here's mine. https://www.uclalawreview.org/deferred-action-supervised-enforcement-discretion-rule-law-basis-executive-action-immigration/September 05, 2017 10:11pm
James Kong Also, this. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.html They'll only get a Federal Tax ID Number not a SSNSeptember 05, 2017 10:14pm
James Kong What part of the Law do you want to enforce? https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:16pm
James Kong How about getting Mexico to stop the illegal immigration from around the world, at their border. It would help us tremendously, with the illegal problemSeptember 05, 2017 10:21pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:26pm
James Kong ...and the Government fails to enforce the existing Laws. https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:28pm
James Kong https://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/SLB/HTML/SLB/0-0-0-1/0-0-0-11261/0-0-0-28757/0-0-0-29424.htmlSeptember 05, 2017 10:31pm
James Kong Except they're supposed to be vetted at the time of arrival. Otherwise it's back to where you came from.September 05, 2017 10:33pm
James Kong They're just flapping their gums. Nothing meaningful will come from this .September 05, 2017 10:34pm
Floyd Rhoades Christina Watts. The subject is illegal immigration. Do you have something to add?September 05, 2017 11:15pm
Travis Evans I think a lot of people dont understand that DACA further incentivizes people to come here illegally. If not for them; for their children. This is only unjust in the lens of the US. Most non-western countries wouldnt and dont have a policy like DACASeptember 06, 2017 04:19am
Travis Evans Brought, illegally. Is it the onus of the US to take in every one who wants to have a better life? If so, we better be prepared to take hundreds of millions of Africans and southeast asians ASAPSeptember 06, 2017 04:20am
Travis Evans DACA encourages parents to bring their children here illegally. Period. Do it the right waySeptember 06, 2017 04:22am
Bernice Barnett Trump picks and chooses. He just pardoned the criminally convicted sheriffSeptember 06, 2017 05:14am
Marv Reeves You are right they are not a threat to anyone. However, like it or not they are not legal citizens of our country. Their parents made the decision to do what tens of thousands of people did before them and that is to become citizens legally. Again, if we do nothing it's not fair to all the people that became citizens the right way.September 06, 2017 05:36am
Marv Reeves That is stupid thinking. You and people like you are the real problem in our country today.September 06, 2017 05:39am
Sharon Rose Marv Reeves, thank you for clearly stating your thoughts in a positive manner. If I'm understanding DACA right, their parents do not always become citizens. Many, if not most, don't know they are not citizens until they need a birth certificate for something like a driver's license. DACA is a path towards legal citizenship. Here's a link. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/DREAM_ActSeptember 06, 2017 06:20am
James Kong How do we determine, who's to stay and who's to go. http://informedfolks.com/trey-gowdy-rips-apart-a-pro-illegal-us-immigration-official-on-live-tv-and-i-cant-stop-cheering/September 06, 2017 06:20am
Sharon Rose This link is DACA specifically and directly says DACA isn't a path to citizenship, nor does it give the rights to federal welfare or student aid. It's requirements mirror DREAM act that can eventually lead to citizenship. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_ArrivalsSeptember 06, 2017 06:27am
Deanne Goddard-Marino Well that is your opinion that I really did ask you for.Do some reading on the matter your just repeating a few GOP senators statements.Some laws need to changed when they are not working for the people.September 06, 2017 03:38pm
Bonnie Musselman Good to see Hawaii's legislators standing up to this bully.September 06, 2017 05:34pm
Bonnie Musselman And you, Greg McKee, can't turn your head when the president and his henchmen flout the Constitution and break the laws. We have a SCOTUS to protect us from this when we can't even trust our own Executive and Legislative branches. You can't cherrypick the laws and you can't cherrypick those who make/break them.September 06, 2017 05:40pm
Bonnie Musselman "Entitled" groups? You mean immigrants? Immigrants like maybe your McKee ancestors? So we should pick and choose which immigrants are allowed to enter? Very convenient for you I'd say. But very transparently wrong-headed and unAmerican.September 06, 2017 05:51pm
Ronnie Birchfield Sharon Rose , they are illegal! PeriodSeptember 09, 2017 03:07am
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