On the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump said that “anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation,” and those who want legal status should have to return to their home countries to apply for reentry. He promised to “immediately terminate” President Obama’s illegal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, commonly known as DACA.
But he also said that illegal immigrants in America must have a path to legalization. “Give them a path. You have to make it possible for them to succeed,” Trump said in 2015.
In office, the president waited nine months before taking action to phase out the unconstitutional amnesty for 800,000 or so DACA recipients. Now, confronted with a deadline to grant DACA recipients legal status or begin deportations, President Trump is proposing legislation that would grant 1.8 million illegal immigrants a pathway to American citizenship.
The Democratic Party has argued for months that something must be done for DACA recipients to give them stability and end their questionable legal status. Trump is offering this deal to Democrats in exchange for border wall funding, an end to the diversity visa lottery, and changes to our system of chain migration.
Here’s how Senate Democrats are responding to Trump’s offer to go beyond the 800,000 DACA recipients and grant citizenship to nearly 2 million illegal aliens:
My statement on the White House immigration proposal: pic.twitter.com/Xh1YKNtRYY
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) January 26, 2018
Donald Trump's latest immigration salvo demonstrates an ego unbound by fairness, compassion, or understanding. It’s reminiscent of how he bullied and mistreated others in his business dealings.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) January 26, 2018
President Trump and Republicans will not be allowed to use Dreamers as a bargaining chip for their wish list of anti-immigrant policies. It's time to enact the Dream Act, which has bipartisan support. #DreamActNow
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) January 26, 2018
The American people reject President Trump’s xenophobic politics of hate and division, and I will not accept a ‘take it or leave it’ offer on protection for DREAMers. The White House proposal is insulting, not a serious effort to reach a bipartisan consensus. #DreamActNow
— Tom Udall (@SenatorTomUdall) January 26, 2018
The only thing @realDonaldTrump’s fantasy wall will stop is a bipartisan agreement to the current budget negotiations. The @WhiteHouse needs to offer something far more reasonable and humane than this mean-spirited wish list.
— Ed Markey (@SenMarkey) January 26, 2018
This is what they’re calling a compromise? This proposal is a compromise between the far right and the alt-right.
Consider it Dead On Arrival. https://t.co/ZIQrY0hxPz
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 26, 2018
“Hostage”-taking. “Xenophobic.” “Alt-right.” Here’s how the activist Left is taking the deal:
Today the White House released a hateful proposal that would slash legal immigration to levels not seen since the racial quotas of the 1920s, eliminate legal channels for African immigrants, and spend $25BIL for a wasteful border wall + increase in Border Patrol and ICE agents.
— ACLU (@ACLU) January 25, 2018
? PRESS STATEMENT | Immigrant Youth to Trump’s White Supremacist Proposal: “No.”
— United We Dream (@UNITEDWEDREAM) January 25, 2018
The fact is that building a fortified and impenetrable wall between the United States and Mexico might make for pithy sound bites, but in reality it is unnecessary, complicated, ineffective, expensive, and would create a host of additional problems → https://t.co/Hif4YtBd2n https://t.co/fUK8VA7vnm
— American Immigration Council (@immcouncil) January 25, 2018
Instead of working to find a solution, he is sabotaging the process by turning a bipartisan compromise on its head and morphing it into a white nationalist wish list. 3/ #DreamActNow
— National Immigration Law Center (@NILC_org) January 26, 2018
— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) January 25, 2018
“White nationalist wish list.” A “ransom note” for a “white supremacist agenda.” “Hateful.”
So what is clear is that amnesty with citizenship for nearly 2 million “Dreamers” isn’t good enough for the Left. They won’t compromise on border security. The Democrats won’t enact serious immigration reforms. For crying out loud, President Trump can offer a deal to take care of DACA “kids,” grant them amnesty, make them eligible to vote, and still be called a racist and a xenophobe.
There is NO WIN for Republicans in this deal.
Enough with this crap. Kill the amnesty deal. Stop negotiating with open-borders zealots. Prioritize border security, the rule of law, and the needs of American citizens.
And when the Democrats turn up their noses at putting American citizens first — exactly like they did with the government shutdown — tell them to go to hell, take the case for border security to the American people, and kick the crap out of the radical progressive Left in the next election.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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