By: Brian Evans
On Thursday, the White House revealed a proposal to find an agreement on DACA between the Republicans and Democrats in Congress. The immigration plan would include the 690,000 illegal immigrants who registered for the DACA program started by former President Barack Obama as well as illegal immigrants who failed to apply. A senior administration official told reporters that “The argument is by some people in Congress is that there is another 690,000 roughly that never got around to registering but fall into the general category, age, and all the rest of it.” The official went on to say that “Those combined come to 1.8 million.”
The previously rejected DREAM Act in the Senate and proposals from Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Dick Durbin tried to offer legalization for 1.7 million illegal immigrants.
The path to citizenship would require
- a 10-12 year period where recipients would be required to demonstrate good behavior, work and education requirements, and good moral character.
- includes a $25 billion lump sum “trust fund” for a border security “wall system” for not only the Southern border but major security investments on the Northern border as well.
- includes sweeping limitations for chain migration — limiting family immigration sponsorships to only spouses and minor children — not for parents or extended family members.
- The new migration limitations would apply to all immigrants in the United States, not just the newly legalized 1.8 million.
- would also end the visa lottery program and reallocate them towards fulfilling the skills-based visa backlog.
A Senior White House official stated that the plan is ‘extraordinarily generous concession,” but Conservative Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said that he rejected the idea of giving young illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. He went on to say that “I do not believe we should be granting a path to citizenship to anybody here illegally,” Cruz told reporters, according to Bloomberg. “Doing so is inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”
Horowitz told Levin:
that the main problem with the Trump immigration plan is that Republicans have said up front they “badly want DACA” and have lost their leverage with the Democrats. Harowitz went on to say that the “Democrats have no incentive to ever agree” to the reforms in the deal.”
Mark Levin added that:
that the Democrats “do not operate in good faith,” Levin said, questioning why Trump would offer amnesty with citizenship for more illegal immigrants than the total number of DACA recipients. “It’s a huge error. Huge.” Levin added that this was not the immigration deal conservatives expected from President Trump and urged congressional Republicans to fight against amnesty. He concluded that “We expect conservatives in Congress to hold the line.
Meanwhile, the The White House said that it intends to send the framework to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell, who promised Democrats a vote on the Senate floor by February 8. The official noted that the current legislation was “galaxies apart” from what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer discussed with Trump over lunch before the government shutdown, but felt that it was a plan that could get 60 votes in the Senate.
Despite some Republicans slamming the immigration proposal, several GOP senators quickly released statements praising Trump’s proposed framework, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). McConnell stated “I want to thank President Trump and his administration for their work on this important issue. This framework builds upon the four pillars for reform that the president has consistently put forth, and indicates what is necessary for the president to sign a bill into law,” Also, Georgia Sen. David Perdue (R) called it “a good deal, while “Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who has been known to be a hawk on immigration, praised the president’s plan as “generous and humane.” GOP Senators who praised the immigration plan included Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) called the plan”realistic” and said that “Congress needs to get this done for the good of our nation.” Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said that the plan encompassed both law enforcement and humanitarian goals. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.) said “I applaud the White House for offering a solid framework for immigration reform that provides a responsible solution for DACA, border security, and other immigration issues.” He went on to say that “This framework provides certainty for families, enacts common-sense reforms to nuclear family sponsorship policy, and protects our nation.”
Meanwhile, according to the NY Times:
President Trump’s immigration plan “was immediately rejected by Democrats, immigration advocates and some Republicans, with some describing it as nothing but an attempt to rid the country of immigrants and shut the nation’s borders.”
“a legislative burning cross.” Vale said “What the White House is filling you in on now is in no way an attempt to get to a real deal,” Vale told CNN, adding that rather it is a way to “get every item on (White House senior adviser) Stephen Miller’s white supremacist wish list.” He added that a BIG PROBLEM FOR DEMOCRATS will be the cuts to “chain migration.”
Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, stated that the proposal is
“shameful” and accused the White House of using the DACA program as a “bargaining chip.” She stated that “President Trump is not just trying to shake down Congressional Democrats; he is trying to shake down the American people.”
Democrat Senator Dick Durbin said
the plan puts a “hardline immigration agenda … on the backs of these young people.” He went on to say that “Dreamers should not be held hostage to President Trump’s crusade to tear families apart and waste billions of American tax dollars on an ineffective wall.”
“This list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise.”
In the memo, it says that Dreamers are:
“critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,”
Shielding DACA beneficiaries from enforced removal is so important to the left-wing agenda that Democrats have to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”
“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” states Palmieri’s memo.
“If Democrats don’t try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats’ electoral chances in 2018 and beyond,” the memo states. “In short, the next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Democratic Party and its long-term electoral prospects.”
Therefore, the Democrats have shown that they will never agree to anything less than full amnesty for illegal aliens, continued chain-migration, and no border wall. In the end, Democrats, the Mainstream Media, and their Progressive-Socialist Elitists will continue to lead the ‘RESISTANCE’ against anything the President does or offers. Unfortunately for the DREAMers, the Democrats couldn’t care in the least about the DACA beneficiaries or illegal aliens, but instead they care about power. They need a constant flow of illegals across the border to regain power in the House, the Senate, and the Presidency. They need to flood conservative and moderate states like Florida, Texas, New Mexico, and others with potential voters that would lock in and ensure future electoral victories. In the end, it means that the Democrats will ultimately refuse any offer that curbs illegal immigration, despite the incredible costs it will have for American and the American people. Therefore, the President’s plan may not be one that his base or conservatives love in its entirety, but it certainly exposes the Progressive-Socialist Democrats as the hipocrites that they are, and lays the framework for the President to win ‘bigly’ (as President Trump says) in the 2018 Congressional midterm elections.