Leaders of conservative groups are calling on Congress and President Donald Trump to reject any legislation providing amnesty for illegal immigrants, saying that rewarding them “encourages more illegal behavior.”

Almost 100 conservative leaders signed a memo on the debate over “Dreamers” and other illegal immigrants published Feb. 2 by Conservative Action Project, a coalition of conservative nonprofits and think tanks.

The coalition’s call to respect the rule of law comes after Trump’s offer during his State of the Union address Jan. 30 to compromise with Democrats on legal status for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, called “Dreamers” by advocates.

“It is unfair to those who wait for years to come here legally and chose to become U.S. citizens by respecting the law instead of rejecting it,” the leaders said of such amnesty for illegal immigrants in the memo.

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