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Should the President accept DACA amnesty in exchange for a wall and ending chain migration?

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Should the President accept DACA amnesty in exchange for a wall and ending chain migration

Talks start next week to begin the year with a legislative fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which is set to end in March. The program, which was an executive order from President Obama, was rescinded by executive order by President Trump.

This morning, the President reiterated demands he’s been making since early discussion with the Democrats:

Top Capitol Hill representatives will be on hand in next week’s meeting, including Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell. The Democrats will push hard against the President’s desires, but may end up relenting in order to protect as many as 3 million illegal immigrants and their families who would be eligible for DACA protections.

Republicans have been quiet about the potential to legalize their status as many embraced President Trump’s campaign rhetoric about deporting all or most illegal immigrants, including DACA’s “Dreamers.” There has been little backlash from conservative media about the change in heart now that the President seems poised to help bring about some variation of amnesty for those he once condemned to future deportation.

There’s a very good reason for this. A majority of Americans have accepted the likelihood of Dreamers staying in the country, including many who once opposed their presence. This is why it’s so important for the President to get his wall funded and to reduce both chain migration and the lottery system that have been in the news every time there’s a radical Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

From the Washington Examiner:

Trump to huddle with congressional leaders next week as DACA talks begin

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-to-huddle-with-congressional-leaders-next-week-as-daca-talks-begin/article/2644572Most of the principles closely adhere to the pro-enforcement and restrictionist immigration policies Trump frequently promised to enact as a candidate, including the funding and complete construction of a wall along the Southwest border; hiring of additional personnel at immigration enforcement agencies, provision of incentives for states and local jurisdictions to oppose sanctuary policies and cooperate with federal law enforcement; and a nationwide employer verification mandate.

My Take

I’ve been an immigration hardliner myself in the past and for the most part I still am. However, we have to be pragmatic if we’re going to truly make a dent in the illegal immigration problem. The stakes are too high.

If the President can negotiate a deal that includes immediate funding for the border wall, an end to or significant reduction of chain migration, and massive lottery program reforms, accepting a form of amnesty for Dreamers should be a no-brainer. The real question is whether or not the Democrats are willing to curtail their voter importation programs.

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  1. eric

    December 29, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    How about trading DACA for shutting down Planned Parenthood?

  2. ed

    December 29, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    “Conservative Media” has now been unmasked as “liberal-lite” or “Republican Party-over-all” – even “Trumpian” – none of which are actually “conservative”.

    Trumpian red-hats and Republican-party-propaganda pundits have lain siege to the term “conservative” and have more or less appropriated that term for themselves – in the process, destroying the meaning and principles behind true conservatism and making it just another synonym for “liberal-lite”. People like Hannity, Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Eric Boling, Bill O’Reilley etc etc that have for years claimed the title “conservative” and “conservative media’ have now been unmasked as worshiping the New York Game Show Host Liberal and the Republican Party over their principles and supposed values.

    Trust me, the mainstream American family member would not allow their children anywhere near Trump or most of his “conservative” cronies for fear of corrupting their values and / or having their children molested (particularly their daughters).

    Most Americans have not changed their views on immigration, as evidenced by the Republicans being able t successfully use illegal immigration (including Dreamers) to gain and keep office. What Americans ARE starting to realize is that Wash DC is not listening and are likely to turn against Republicans (AND Democrats) (or just stay home until a true Conservative runs for office in a 3rd party).

    IF Republicans vote for amnesty for the Dreamers as Trump may now be proposing, expect them to lose control of both Houses of Congress in 2018 as they’ve already lost the WH in 2020.

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Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative

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Republicans can avert a shutdown if they turn the narrative

Democrats are giving every reason they can muster to push a government shutdown. The primary tool is DACA. If the government shuts down, it will be because they’re convinced the GOP will get the blame for it. If sentiment turns and the Democrats get fingered for prompting the shutdown, they won’t let it happen.

There are several dynamic situations involved with the shutdown. DACA is only a small part of it. They’re trying to position this as a win-win for them and the Republicans seem to be unable to get the right message out about the shutdown. This isn’t new for them. If the GOP initiates the shutdown as they did during the Obama era, it’s their fault. If they can’t stop the Democrats from initiating a shutdown as is the situation today, it’s their fault as well.

Mainstream media’s desire to promote the Democrats’ message is a big part of the reason the GOP always takes the blame, but it’s not an insurmountable advantage. They need to paint the situation in its proper colors. The GOP has the truth on their side, so they need to say it. Instead, they seem to be cowering as usual:

Nervous Republicans fear they’ll pay if government shuts down

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/nervous-republicans-fear-they-ll-pay-government-shutdown-n838276WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is confident that Democrats will take the blame if the government shuts down this weekend or Congress fails to find a fix to prevent DACA recipients from being deported. But Republicans on Capitol Hill aren’t so sure.

Many of them fear that voters will fault the GOP after looking at Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, his past flirtation with letting federal funding expire and the fact that Republicans are in control of the White House, the Senate and the House.

First, they need to attack DACA by framing it as what it is. The President has done his part in saying he wants to protect Dreamers but wants a wall to keep more of them from coming in. That’s a reasonable trade-off in the eyes of most voters.

Second, the GOP needs to unify with the message that they’re going to protect Dreamers the right way through standalone legislative action. Executive orders can’t cut it. Attaching it to other bills isn’t right. They want a DACA plan in place and they can do it if the Democrats would focus on helping Dreamers rather than trying to be the ones who get the credit for it.

Third, they need to declare the Democrats are hurting Americans through a shutdown for the sake of getting credit for helping Dreamers. It’s not just  that they’re putting illegal immigrants over American citizens which is bad enough. They’re doing so in order to get credit from voters. That’s it. That’s the whole reason for the shutdown. They can’t imagine a situation in which the GOP puts forth Dreamer-protecting legislation and a Republican President signs it into law unless it’s the Democrats who somehow force the situation. Otherwise, they might be revealed as the charlatans they are.

If Republican leadership gets everyone on board and pushes out these three simple messages with everything they’ve got, they have a chance of both averting a shutdown and making the Democrats look foolish for threatening it. If they continue down the lukewarm road they’re on, there will be a shutdown and they’ll get the blame for it whether they deserve it or not.

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Rich Lowry on Dick Durbin’s desire to make a DACA deal work

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Rich Lowry on Dick Durbins desire to make a DACA deal work

Based upon Senator Dick Durbin’s actions the last few days regarding President Trump’s “s***hole” comments, one would think his intention was to derail talks and have a valid reason to blame Republicans in general and Trump in particular. If he really wanted a DACA deal, wouldn’t he have handled it differently?

JD Rucker had some thoughts on this:

Trump was wrong to say what he said. Durbin was wrong to reveal it.

http://noqreport.com/2018/01/12/trump-wrong-say-said-durbin-wrong-reveal/Durbin crossed that line. He took comments that paint the entire country through the President himself in a way that harms our ability to work with other nations. He wasn’t championing the nations Trump spoke out about. He had a single intention: harm.

Will this help with negotiations? Possibly, but at what cost?

National Review’s Rich Lowry wasn’t quite as accusatory, but he did question Durbin’s motives and whether or not he really wanted to make a DACA deal happen. Perhaps he was just greatly offended. Then again, perhaps he was just being a politician. Here’s Lowry’s quote:

“Everyone seems to think that Durbin really wants a deal, which makes it weird that he has gone out of his way to blow up the s***hole meeting.”

Read all of his comments:

Trump’s “Shithole” Comments, DACA & Political Fallout

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/455430/trump-shithole-comments-daca-political-falloutOne benefit of a merit-based system is that it would move us away from special ethnic pleading in immigration policy. The visa lottery began as affirmative action for Irish immigrants. My understanding is that Dick Durbin said in the meeting that he wanted to preserve the visa lottery in a slightly changed form because the Congressional Black Caucus wanted it. This is not how we should be making decisions about who comes here and who doesn’t.

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Rand Paul defends President Trump’s sentiment

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Rand Paul defends President Trumps sentiment

On an interview today with Chuck Todd, Senator Rand Paul defended the President’s sentiment in his infamous “s***hole” comment. While not defending the language, he noted that if the language itself had been more politically correct, the sentiment of what the President said was true.

He also turned blame on the media and Democrats for derailing immigration talks by focusing on the President’s comments.

“I do want to see an immigration compromise and you can’t have an immigration compromise if everybody’s out there calling the President a racist,” Paul said.

My Take

For the most part, the Senator is correct. This has become a distraction and a roadblock to important talks. The incessant desire to discredit the President has the rabid media keeping us focused on how the President talks rather than his actions.

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