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All five of the main DACA bills go well beyond the 700,000 illegal immigrants currently protected

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All five of the main DACA bills go well beyond the 700000 illegal immigrants currently protected

When all is said and done, it’s very likely that the Republican-controlled Congress will offer some variation of amnesty than President Obama was ever able to protect through executive order. Moreover, their protections will be legislative, permanent, and unlikely to draw nearly the same legal challenges the former President prompted.

When President Trump rescinded DACA protections following a six-month period, he passed the buck to Congress to act in time. He even declared that if they didn’t act, he would. The number of people protected under DACA is around 700,000. Of the five main bills on the table, the lowest level of protection extends to 1.3 million while the heaviest, proposed by Luis Gutierrez, triples that number.

In other words, the best-case scenario is that the GOP will only protect twice as many illegal immigrants as President Obama did.

This shouldn’t sit well with immigration hawks who believed the President’s promise to deport illegal immigrants and prevent more from coming over. Nine months into his presidency, he and the GOP majority on Capitol Hill have done the exact opposite. Sure, the prototypes for the border wall are currently being built, but that’s a long-term fix that currently doesn’t even have any funding appropriated.

I’ll post some final thoughts below, but first, let’s look at how this is being received around the web:

Perspectives

Up to 3.6 million Dreamers in line for citizenship under DACA replacement – Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/20/36m-dreamers-line-citizenship-daca-replacement/As many as 3.6 million illegal immigrant “Dreamers” could be in line for permanent legal status in the U.S. under plans being circulated on Capitol Hill to replace the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty, according to a new report Friday from the Migration Policy Institute.

In each case it’s well beyond the 700,000 people being protected by the DACA program right now, underscoring the creeping scope of amnesty Congress is considering.

Pelosi: Trump ‘would not walk away’ from Dreamers – ABC News

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pelosi-trump-walk-dreamers/story?id=50613675House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said today that while President Donald Trump’s actions on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have been “heartbreaking,” she has “confidence” he will stand by the young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, known as Dreamers, going forward.

Pelosi told “The View” Friday that every president “in recent history,” including Republicans like Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, “have been respectful of what immigration means to our country.”

Uber, Intel, and other tech firms will urge Congress to let “Dreamers” stay | Ars Technica

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/10/uber-intel-and-other-tech-firms-will-urge-congress-to-let-dreamers-stay/This Obama-era executive action allowed “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who arrived as minors, to register with the government and legally study or work without fear of deportation. The newly organized Coalition appears to be unrelated to an Oklahoma-based group founded in 2006 that shares the same name: Coalition for the American Dream. (The Oklahoma group also “advocate[s] for and protect[s] the rights of disenfranchised immigrants and new Americans from all nations.”)

Final Thoughts

The sad reality is this: fewer illegal immigrants would have been granted protections if they’d just left DACA the way it was. It would have possibly been struck down by the Supreme Court, anyway. Now, it seems like Congress is going to up the ante on the former president’s legacy and protect many more illegal immigrants than Obama ever could. So much for “America First.”

+Jesseb Shiloh is not-so-new to blogging. He enjoys things that most don't and doesn't mind and occasional nap. And he's never ambiguous nor contradictory most of the time. Find him on Twitter.

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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

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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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