Last year, President Trump promised that the days of people coming here illegally to get citizenship are over. Well, now those days are only beginning and will continue in perpetuity. Trump is in the process of building an open border, and the American citizen will pay for it in the form of crime, welfare, education, health care, and a permanent Democrat majority in Texas, Arizona, and Florida.
After selling us out, not just last night with his Pelosi meeting but for the past two weeks of messaging on immigration, Trump is now trying to repair his status with the base on Twitter. After all, Twitter has become his go-to forum to hide his true policy outcomes and keep the base happy with political morphine. Yet his defensive statements are even more offensive to conservatives than the original reports.
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
There are no words to describe how offensive these pathetic straw-men talking points have been to conservatives for over a decade. We’ve been fighting this false narrative for years, and Trump was elected precisely because people were tired of Jeb Bush acolytes suggesting illegal aliens, on net, are better than Americans and not a fiscal, cultural, and security drain on America.
Within just a few months, Trump has not only adopted the policies of the Left, he has mastered their parlance, focus, false dichotomies, perverted sense of priorities, and straw-men arguments with a downright eerie degree of precision.
Then Trump reportedly said the following when asked about amnesty:
Trump just now: "We are not looking at citizenship. We are not looking at amnesty. We are looking at allowing people to stay here."
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 14, 2017
Responding to a shouted question on whether he favors "amnesty," Trump shouted back: "The word is DACA."
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) September 14, 2017
So Trump is now glorifying and idealizing DACA, a term that should be a four-letter word — the embodiment of America-last unconstitutional governance — as a legitimate baseline from which to craft policy. But there is an even bigger lie that will be propagated in the coming weeks.
Proponents of amnesty employ a stratagem whereby their broad messaging portends endless open borders and amnesty, but in order to get conservatives to support specific proposals, they try to isolate and minimize a small population. And of course, they tell us this small population, who should be allowed to stay and be given a path to citizenship, are all military veterans and superheroes. Trump will contend that this is only 800,000 people, but that is not what Democrats plan to pursue and that is not what will naturally flow from any amnesty. By definition, any amnesty, as history has shown, creates the conditions for broader amnesty, permanent open borders, halting of enforcement, immigration lawfare, and chain migration that is set irretrievably in motion by the original “sympathetic” amnesty.
Consider the following:
The bottom line with amnesty is that it never works and never will work. It always leads to nothing but more and more illegal immigration and more and more amnesty. It can never work until all the enforcement measures are implemented years in advance.
Ironically, none other than Marco Rubio presciently warned about this lax attitude toward enforcement when he was running for Senate in 2009, before he betrayed his own campaign promise:
“If you grant amnesty, the message that you’re sending is that if you come in this country and stay here long enough, we will let you stay. And no one will ever come through the legal process if you do that.”
Then again, the MAGA man himself put it best during the Gang of 8 debate:
Amnesty is suicide for Republicans.Not one of those 12 million who broke our laws will vote Republican.Obama is laughing at @GOP.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 19, 2013
Daniel Horowitz is a senior editor of Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @RMConservative.