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Is amnesty for Dreamers worth it to secure the borders?

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Is amnesty for Dreamers worth it to secure the borders

Conservatives and border security hawks have a huge list of things to like in the White House’s list of “Immigration Principles and Policies” released Sunday night. It proposes taking steps the nation has never taken before to secure our porous borders and make life for illegal immigrants very difficult. Is it enough to change hearts and minds who do not want to give amnesty, a path to citizenship, or any other breaks to beneficiaries of DACA?

This would be a tremendous win for border security, the first of three components of the outline. It includes full funding for the border wall, increases border security, gives border law enforcement agents greater leeway, expedites immigration-related cases by adding 370 judges and 1000 ICE attorneys, and makes it tougher for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) to stay if they make it across. It even addresses the northern border which some experts consider to be more dangerous as a way for terrorists to enter the country undetected.

Internally, there are many benefits such as hamstringing sanctuary cities and making visa overstays a misdemeanor (shocking this isn’t the case already), but the item most heralded by organizations such as NumbersUSA is a requirement for businesses to use E-Verify. This last item would discourage illegal immigrants while protecting American jobs.

They didn’t forget the legal immigration system which is, in many ways, as big of a mess as our illegal immigration problem. The big news there would be replacing the current random green card lottery with a merit-based system.

Before anyone gets too excited, these are recommendations for Congress. The final bill will likely be toned down from this initial run of proposals. As President Trump is wont to do based upon his career in business, he is starting with the stars and try to negotiate down to somewhere between the moon and the mountaintops, but it’s still encouraging to see so many needed actions being proposed at once.

That’s the good news. Here’s the crux of the matter: will the final result be worth giving full protections to 800,000+ Dreamers? Considering that 58% of Americans support allowing Dreamers to stay, the bargaining power for the White House is diminished. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have already indicated their extreme displeasure with the proposal. They claim they won’t even come to the table because they were expecting minor improvements to border security, not the major overhaul the White House has proposed. This could spell doom for a bill in the Senate if the Democrats are unified in opposition.

Whatever maneuvers the President has planned, they’re sure to include dropping or loosening some of the proposed actions as part of negotiations. That means the real question isn’t whether or not those opposed to Dreamer protections would trade them for these security measures. Rather, would they allow Dreamers to stay based upon the actions in the actual legislation?

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Trump links border wall, green-card overhaul to DACA – Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/8/trump-links-border-wall-green-card-overhaul-to-dac/Many were policies Democrats have said explicitly are off the table and threaten to derail ongoing negotiations over legislation protecting young immigrants known as “Dreamers.” They had been given a reprieve from deportation and the ability to work legally in the country under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which Trump ended last month.

WH Immigration Principles Call for Ending Chain Migration & Mandatory E-Verify | NumbersUSA

https://www.numbersusa.com/news/wh-immigration-principles-call-ending-chain-migration-mandatory-e-verifyBased on our earlier internal surveys, the Trump Administration’s release of immigration policy priorities is certain to reassure and even thrill most of the 8 million members of the NumbersUSA online network who expect that policy to put American workers and communities first. That was the promise that Pres. Trump made in his campaign, and it is exciting to see the promise re-stated in so much detail.

Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi won’t talk immigration with Trump: Proposal ‘goes so far beyond what is reasonable’

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/chuck-schumer-nancy-pelosi-wont-talk-immigration-with-trump-proposal-goes-so-far-beyond-what-is-reasonable/article/2636898“We told the president at our meeting that we were open to reasonable border security measures alongside the DREAM Act, but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise,” the statement added.

White House Rolls Out Immigration Bill Demands but Top Democrats Object

http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/white-house-rolls-out-immigration-bill-demands-top-dems-objectThe proposals are, in large part, based on recommendations from the Justice, Homeland Security, Labor, and Health and Human Services departments, as well as immigration and border security agents who are on the “front lines” every day, officials said.

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Daniel Horowitz on amnesty versus immigration reform

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Daniel Horowitz on amnesty versus immigration reform

Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz has been outspoken in his opposition to amnesty for years. With the DACA “fix” coming, it’s clear that Congress is prioritizing helping DREAMers without lifting a finger to fix the legal immigration system or our illegal immigration problem.

“We have a national emergency with the courts and immigration, yet Congress will create an emergency for amnesty, not to fix immigration for Americans first.”

Source: Twitter

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A case against amnesty in any form in DACA deal

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A case against amnesty in any form in DACA deal

The short version of this Daily Signal video is: “Amnesty: Been there, done that, didn’t work, shouldn’t be in DACA, period.”

Of course, the video itself is less than four-and-a-half minutes long, so you might as well take a moment and listen to Genevieve Wood from the Heritage Foundation explain why there’s absolutely no reason to include any form of amnesty in the upcoming DACA bill.

Why Amnesty Should Not Be Part of Any ‘Deal’ on DACA

http://dailysignal.com/2017/11/19/amnesty-not-part-deal-daca/Apparently, the battles over tax reform, Obamacare, and the looming spending bill aren’t enough to keep Congress busy. There are increasing rumblings that some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are looking for ways to give legal status to illegal aliens currently in the United States.

When President Donald Trump was candidate Trump, he promised that if elected he would end the program known as DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals that gave legal status to illegal aliens brought to the U.S. as minors.

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As border patrol agent dies, President renews call for the wall

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As border patrol agent dies President renews call for the wall

Update:

A new report goes into detail about how the two border patrol agents were attacked. If this report turns out to be accurate, the outcry to improve border security and build the wall should be swift and unambiguous.

REPORT: Illegal Aliens Brutally Murder Border Patrol Agent, Crushed His Skull With Rocks

http://www.dailywire.com/news/23773/report-illegal-aliens-brutally-murder-border-ryan-saavedra“What we know is that Border Patrol Agent Rogilio Martinez appears to have been ambushed by a group of illegal aliens whom he was tracking,” Judd said. “Our agents’ reports from the ground say that he was struck in the head multiple times with a rock or rocks.”

Another Border Patrol agent arrived on scene shortly after and was also reportedly ambushed by illegal aliens who attacked him with rocks.

“The other agent arrived on scene a short time later and was also ambushed and struck in the head with what is believed to have been a rock or rocks. These disgusting acts and complete disregard for human life need to stop immediately. Family members of slain Agent Martinez will never get to see him come home again all because we have failed to secure our borders from such criminals.”

There really is no spin on this that the open borders people can use. They can’t say we should have just made it easier for them to get here in the first place; how many Americans want free access to people capable of bashing someone’s head in with rocks? Gungrabbers call for gun control the moment someone is shot and killed. It’s time for border security proponents to use the same tactic. If ever there was a clear call for the wall, this is it.

Original Story:

Two border patrol agents were injured on duty in Culberson County, Texas. One, Rogelio Martinez, has died from his injuries. His partner is still in the hospital in serious condition.

No word on what caused the injuries they sustained while on patrol. They were responding to a call of activity 120 miles outside of El Paso.

President Trump took to Twitter to renew calls for the wall along the southern border.

As more information comes available, this story will be updated.

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Trump renews call for border wall after patrol officer dies in Texas

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361145-trump-renews-call-for-border-wall-after-patrol-officer-dies-fromHis comments come after a border patrol agent died after being injured while on patrol, according to multiple reports.

The agent who died was identified as Rogelio Martinez, according to USA Today.

His partner is in the hospital in serious condition, the news outlet reported. The incident reportedly occurred when the two men were responding to activity about 120 miles outside El Paso.

Border Patrol Agent from Big Bend Sector killed while on patrol Sunday morning

http://www.kvia.com/news/top-stories/border-patrol-agent-from-big-bend-sector-killed-while-on-patrol-sunday-morning/658898797The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses.

The Culberson County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Inspector General, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility are assisting in the investigation.

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