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CBO: Legalizing Dreamers would cost taxpayers $26 billion

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CBO Legalizing Dreamers would cost taxpayers 26 billion

A report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated legalizing “Dreamers” as part of DACA legislation would cost taxpayers $25.9 billion. The three million illegal immigrants eligible to take advantage of such legislation would contribute around $900 million during the same 10-year-period.

“In total, CBO and JCT [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate that changes in direct spending and revenues from enacting [the bill] would increase budget deficits by $25.9 billion over the 2018-2027 period.” – CBO

President Trump forced the issue with his executive order ending President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. This was heralded immediately by many of his supporters as fulfillment of his promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. That excitement was short-lived when the President declared he wanted a legislative “solution” for DACA rather than an end to it. In fact, he said he would act if Congress didn’t by extending the six-month deadline he imposed:

Trump to extend DACA protections if Congress doesn’t act: report

http://thehill.com/latino/355267-trump-to-extend-daca-protections-if-congress-doesnt-act-report“The president’s comment to me was that, ‘We put a six-month deadline out there. Let’s work it out. If we can’t get it worked out in six months, we’ll give it some more time, but we’ve got to get this worked out legislatively,’” Lankford said.

When Trump rescinded President Obama’s landmark immigration protections in September, he set a six-month deadline for Congress to legalize the protections for so-called “Dreamers,” young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

So much for being tough on illegal immigration.

In essence, the President did not reverse Obama’s executive order. He threw down the gauntlet for Congress to make it permanent. This started off as President Obama’s mess and has turned into something President Trump and the GOP are destined to solidify.

As Joseph Curl notes on DailyWire, “No wonder America is $20 trillion in the red”:

Legalizing ‘Dreamers’ Would Cost Taxpayers $26 Billion (That’s Billion With A ‘B’)

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24777/legalizing-dreamers-would-cost-taxpayers-26-joseph-curlWith a 2012 executive order bypassing Congress, former president Barack Obama decided to give amnesty to as many as 2 million “Dreamers” who live in the United States, primarily brought in as children by their illegal alien parents, mostly from Mexico.

In September, President Trump ordered an end to the program that shields the young illegals from deportation, arguing that the cost for all those to stay would be astronomical.

And he’s right.

My Take

He may be right with his words, but the President’s actions do not match them. He didn’t order an end to the program. He’s pushing Congress to make DACA legislatively permanent, a move that so far hasn’t seemed to anger much of his base for some reason.

Scarlett is a mom and a friend. She blogs for a living but really prefers to read more than write. She writes mostly about politics, but occasionally delves into book and movie reviews.

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Family separation is necessary when navigating a broken system

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There is no understating that the immigration crisis is truly a crisis. There is an overload of illegal immigrants in the system and the relevant agencies aren’t able to expedite the deportation process. The media has resurrected the issues of family separation in an effort to maintain their propaganda onslaught. The Trump administration responded tactfully with an executive order undermining their efforts to oppose him. Since then a quieter policy has emerged. Illegals are given the option to withdraw their asylum claim and agree to self deportation. In return, they would be united with their children. It’s a hardball policy.

Playing Hardball

However, playing hardball is the most cost effective and speediest way to alleviate America’s migrant crisis. In the criminal justice system, all sorts of agreements are made to alleviate the overload the courts often face. There are plea bargains, PBJs, and stet dockets. Immigration needs to apply similar measures to take control of the migrant crisis or else let the crisis control us. The “zero tolerance” policy provided a leverage for the US Government. After all, one would assume that parents would be as enthusiastic as the media in ending family separation.

Evidently not. The Department of Homeland Security noted that parents have elected to be deported without their children. Abandoning children in a foreign land is a pseudo-sacrificial way for a parent to care about their child. Sure being an orphaned illegal immigrant carries the chance of a better life, but in actuality it is the abdication of parental responsibilities to the state, a foreign state at that. What caring parent would do such a thing? Time found itself printing fake news over its cover featuring Trump and an illegal immigrant child. Turns out, the mother had a track record of not being a good mother. I raise the claim that parents bringing their children, or worse, shipping their children, across the border are not good parents.

This reveals a few flaws in the voluntary deportation for unification strategy. The first flaw being the logistical impracticality. Business Insider tells the story in which an illegal is trying to rescind his agreement. He and his daughter were/are detained at separate locations in separate states. It’s not the easiest plan to ship children to their parents prior to deporting them both. As it would seem, America doesn’t have a hub-and-spoke method for deporting illegal immigrants.

The second flawed outcome is the orphaned children, as noted by the DHS. This creates a whole new issue. The US government would be in custody of another country’s children. This is not ideal, inexpensive, or easy to resolve.

Real Solutions

The Trump administration is doing the best it can do under current immigration law. Family separation remains the best way for the US Government to navigate a deeply flawed system. While people protest under the emotional premises established by the media, they offer no real solutions aside from granting asylum seekers amnesty. Rewarding them for lying and illegally crossing into our land will only exacerbate the migrant crisis. Real solutions must be offered. Currently Ted Cruz is leading the pack on real solutions.

Key points of the Protect Kids and Parents Act:
  • Double the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
  • Authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together.
  • Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.
  • Provide for expedited processing and review of asylum cases, so that—within 14 days—those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.

Ted Cruz’s bill would equip the government to better handle the crisis, but it will by no means put an end to it. But it is a moderate first step.

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Trump’s family separation EO makes GOP immigration betrayal probable

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Obviously, the most adamant voices of those who disagreed with me came from the Always Trump camp. “Look!” they said, “Trump’s only enforcing the law. He has no choice”—a claim Trump himself made early during the so-called crisis. Yet, after his wife and a host of Republicans worried about their re-elections came out against his “zero tolerance” policy, Trump reversed his policy, played the Obama card, and issued a questionably legal executive order ending family separations.

Surprisingly Unsurprisingly, so-called Trump conservatives defended the zero-tolerance policy, blaming Congress for inaction with this issue while giving Trump a pass, despite Republicans having complete control in Washington for the past year and a half.

In a display of political irony, defenders of Trump and the GOP prove my point. Since the GOP has had the opportunity to fix this and haven’t, they are either inept or they don’t want it fixed—probably both.

Trump’s immigration executive order was Obama-esque for another reason. It restored Obama’s “catch-and-release” approach to immigration where illegals with children aren’t prosecuted and under the law are released after twenty days.

How does this lead to saving DACA and creating a pathway to citizenship? Well, using the Rahm Emmanuel playbook, where you never let a crisis go to waste, House Republicans are using the current border crisis as evidence that DACA and other immigration issues must be fixed.

In a classic election-season show vote yesterday, the House voted against a “conservative” immigration measure commonly known as the Goodlatte bill. While woefully inadequate, the Goodlatte measure carried a conservative label, so House GOP leaders made little effort to pass it.

With Goodlatte out of the way, the bill Trump and the GOP really want passed is on the clock. Scheduled to take place sometime next week, a compromise bill supported by moderates that addresses family separations, “fixes” DACA, and—despite GOP claims to the contrary—creates a pathway to citizenship will be voted on. While its chance of passing is unknown, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers—who faces the threat of losing her re-election—thinks this Trump-supported measure is the one most likely to become law.

Trump and the GOP want everything the Democrats want when it comes to illegal immigration. They just have to tell more lies to get it.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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Family separation battle will save DACA and lead to citizenship for illegals

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The latest outrage du jour by the Washington Establishment comes from the news that children are being temporarily separated from their parents as they try to enter the country illegally.

In her latest presentation of the gospel according to Nancy Pelosi, the part-time Catholic and full-time idiot, blasted “all people of faith in our country” for depriving DREAMers of the “respect they deserve” and for “taking babies away from mothers and fathers.” Meanwhile, National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers (R-OH) issued his call for an end to family separations at the border.

In the Senate, GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK) called for an end to the “zero tolerance” immigration policies. On the other side of the aisle, Democrats rushed to the border to grab a handful of election-year photo ops to document what former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro called “state-sponsored child abuse.”

Melania Trump, in addition to four former first ladies, shared how they “hated” to see families separated and called on America to “govern with heart.”

The outrage over family separation is coming from both sides, but it’s fake. These reactions are nothing more than election-year grandstanding by politicians in both parties who have no interest at all at fixing the immigration problem.

As I wrote last week, the GOP-controlled House is already working on an immigration bill that makes DACA permanent and provides a pathway to citizenship for approximately 1.8 million DREAMers. House Speaker Paul Ryan made sure to point out that this legislation also includes a provision ending family separation.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced that he will introduce a bill that ends family separations at the border, which in an amazing bit of coincidence comes at a time when his Democrat opponent for the US Senate, Beto O’Rourke, also called for the separation policy to end. Cruz’s proposal enjoys the unanimous support of Senate Democrats.

For the record, this “for the children” approach to illegal immigration is how we ended up with DACA in the first place. Also note, as this article shows, that Trump is lying when he blames Democrats for the family separation fiasco.

The family separation issue is being used as a primer for the eventual surrender on immigration. And for those who believe that Trump won’t support this surrender, consider this: he allowed Melania to openly oppose his immigration policy, and he recently announced that he’s open to anything that Congress puts on his desk, even if it means doing the opposite of what he promised to get elected.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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