The immigration debate in our country can often be polarized. And certain state leaders have really turned up the heat lately. When politicians’ rhetoric becomes heated, it’s important that we take the time to think for ourselves. So I did my own research on South Dakota’s immigrant population.

Did you know that 26% of immigrants living in our state have a college degree or higher? That’s almost the same as the 29% of native-born South Dakotans with the same education. And, when it comes to high school diplomas, we’re exactly the same: 31% of people born in South Dakota have high school diplomas and 31% of immigrants do, too. Immigrants in South Dakota also contribute more than $100 million in taxes every year.

I also learned that June marked the 9th anniversary of the creation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that has allowed immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to stay. Nine years later, Congress still has not done its duty and made the program permanent. The hundreds of thousands of immigrants it protects could be forced to leave if the program is ended by a federal judge in a pending case. Only legislation can protect DACA recipients. Congress should use the anniversary to pass the Dream Act, which would provide the protection they need.

The fact is — Sen. John Thune and Sen. Mike Rounds can and should lead the way in making the Dream Act a reality.

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QgopFromnowon

Socialist snowflakes like Ms. Prillwitz won’t defend the Anglo-Saxon vision of America that our Founders intended.

I weep at what’s become of America as people like her force us to support the inferior people among us.

So what if some of them have been given unearned academic credentials by the socialists in academia.

These intruders are still just coasting on the benefits of our superior civilization which was built by TRUE Americans. MAGA‼️

Where We Go One We Go all.

Abe

Your thinly veiled attacks on conservatives are pathetic. Instead of using the P&D to show hatred, why not try to compose edifying comments that promote the unity the Left so professed earlier this year?

You have a mind. Use it for good things.

Abe

Your sarcasm is so pathetic.

JMDrury

Super fun fact!!!!!

The term "Anglo Saxon" is used to describe the Germanic people that IMMIGRATED to England and took over, and many of them then IMMIGRATED to the USA.

Nice to know your feelings of immigrants since ALL OF OUR ANCESTORS were IMMIGRANTS from other countries to the Americas. Unless of course you also wanna discuss how they took over the lands from the ACTUAL Native Americans by force and slaughtering women and children. But that doesn't seem to be a discussion your prepared to have.

parkgirl

The only time we see Senator Thune is when he is standing behind Miitch jumping up and down while Senator Rounds brags about sitting on his hands (we have to wonder if his hands are oversized and swollen after six and half years like Mickey Mouse's). Jumping Johnny and Mickey Rounds do nothing.

Steve Jacobsen

QQgopFromnowon, it sounds like you are upset by the presence of immigrants in America. I’m interested in knowing why you feel this way?

Chris Jacobsen

Abe

It's not meant to be taken literally, but as sarcasm. The commentor continuously does this to paint conservatives as ignorant bigots. Dont fall for it.

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