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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 The program, which was an executive order from President Obama, was rescinded by executive order by President Trump.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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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.

 


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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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