Blame for the fact its beneficiaries live in limbo today as a result of President Trump's decision to rescind President Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program rests with Congress.
The unwillingness or inability of Congress (both sides of the political aisle within Congress) to meet its responsibility for finding solutions to illegal immigration-related challenges is why we are where we are.
Members of our editorial board have used this space on many occasions over many years to advocate for congressional action on illegal immigration. In light of Trump's decision earlier this month to rescind DACA in six months, we do so again today.
In our view, Obama's creation of DACA in 2012 was executive overreach. The legislative branch of the federal government makes laws; the executive branch, administered by the president, enforces them.
The result of Trump's DACA decision should be the kind of comprehensive legislation from Congress for which the issue of illegal immigration - and its attendant legal, social, economic and security implications - begs.
As for DACA beneficiaries, we advocate this legislation protect them.
DACA allows individuals who were brought to this country illegally as children to remain here legally - subject to specific conditions and renewal every two years - for work and study. To date, nearly 800,000 beneficiaries have been approved for the program.
In our view, the unique circumstances in which they arrived in our country through no fault of their own, their contributions to our nation and human compassion demand something more for DACA recipients than deportation.
With the ball in the court where it belongs, our hope is Congress forges compromise on a long-overdue broad illegal immigration bill, including a DACA solution through which program beneficiaries can remain in the U.S. in pursuit of their dreams.