in a very strong and pointed op-ed in the Oregonian, here:
As presidents of the Oregon State Senate and the University of Oregon, each of us has a unique perspective on how protecting undocumented children, known as Dreamers, benefits Oregon. These protections create opportunity. They create hope. They create promise for a generation of young people.
It is also the right thing to do.
These children did not get to choose the country or the state in which they live. Their parents made that choice. They went to elementary school, middle school and high school here. They worked hard. Many participated in school activities.
This is the only country, the only state and the only home they have ever known. Today there is a major political effort to deport them to the country of their parents — a country they don’t know. Pure and simple, they are Americans in thought, word and deed. …
Read it all. The tone reminds me of my favorite civil rights speech – LBJ’s address to Congress on the 1965 Voting Rights Act. More on LBJ here.