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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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