By Linda L Barton
With President Trump’s latest immigration plan facing massive opposition on and off Capitol Hill, it’s a question to as to how this will finally come to a conclusion. Those opposing the plan state it has failed to find a real a solution to the problem since both sides cannot seem to come up with an agreement.
In the latest plan, it suggests a pathway to citizenship for nearly 2 million young immigrants in exchange for the funds for building his border wall, and fine-tuning of Chain Migration, and an end to the Diversity Immigrant Visa program.
Of course, the Democrats are loud and clear how they are against Trump’s latest offering as it will not protect the Dreamers. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), warned how the plan places the White House’s “hardline immigration agenda on the backs of these young people.”
Charles Schumer went on to write on Twitter that Trump is using DACA recipients as “a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system and adopt the wish list that anti-immigration hardliners have advocated for years.”
“Illegals have No Right to be here & have ALL violated our laws. This #Amnesty deal negotiates away American Sovereignty,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), an immigration hawk, tweeted.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 28, 2018
Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, a group that advocates for reduced immigration, embraced an immigration proposal made by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.). This bill includes a path to legalization for nearly 700,000 DACA recipients. This would be the first time since 1986 that NumbersUSA supported any proposal along those lines.
However, Beck finds himself unable to support the proposal. “NumbersUSA has no choice but to oppose what is being suggested as the White House ‘framework’ for a mass amnesty,” Beck said.
“The plan seems eerily similar to the blueprint used for the 2007 Bush-Kennedy amnesty, which appeared to end chain migration, but wouldn’t actually end it for 17 years. NumbersUSA mobilized our huge grass-roots army to defeat the 2007 amnesty, and we will do the same if this plan is proposed next week,” he added.
The Heritage Action’ group, describes the proposal as a non-starter simply because it “expands the amnesty-eligible population.
Trump’s plan also made the members of the House Freedom Caucus to meet up and discuss it.
“There should be no amnesty for anyone who broke the law to come here,” Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.), told The Hill. “It’s a slap in the face to those who follow the law.”
Democrats vary in their statements regarding the proposal, but they are still just as outraged. “We cannot allow the lives of young people who have done everything right to be used as bargaining chips for sweeping anti-immigrant policies,” said Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) in a statement.
.@HispanicCaucus Chair @RepLujanGrisham & @RepGutierrez are fighting to #protectDreamers from an administration and a Republican-controlled Congress that won’t #giveusavote on bipartisan legislation. #DreamActNow https://t.co/4Esa2Ct1KJ
— Hispanic Caucus (@HispanicCaucus) January 25, 2018
“The White House is using Dreamers to mask their underlying xenophobic, isolationist, and un-American policies, which will harm millions of immigrants living in the United States and millions of others who want to legally immigrate and contribute to our country,” Grisham went on to say.
“We can’t go on when the administration and Republicans ask for more, and more, and more for less, and less, and less,” stated Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). “You want a billion per year for the wall; I want a million-undocumented people per year, legalized.”
1/3: Let’s be clear: the White House immigration plan released today is designed to leverage the future of Dreamers to ram through a massive, cruel, and family-punishing overhaul of our current legal immigration system.
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) January 26, 2018
Republican conservatives and the negotiating team withheld comment on the matter after the WH announcement.
Many on both sides say they were expecting something that would have a chance of being enacted, not something that’s dead on arrival.
Besides the many statements, it is a fact the WH proposal is a simple formula of how the immigration negotiations should be going on. No one will get everything they want, but by having the Wall, restrictions to Chain Migration, and an end to the Immigration Lottery will be a good place to start, in spite, of the need to dangle a path for 1.8 million DREAMers to stay as long as they meet specific standards out for the Democrats.
I know several of you are upset because you believe President Trump has sold us out. I say keep the faith. President Trump is a master negotiator. He is always 2 steps ahead of everyone. He knows that sometimes you need to toss a few crumbs, a term Nancy Pelosi likes to use, to lockdown the grand deal you’re going for. President Trump wants to remove the whole Immigration subject from the war-chest of the Democrats. And if it takes giving the Democrats their 1.8 million DREAMers a lifeline to secure the border then I’m all in. You can find my thoughts on what I believe President Trump is doing in another article I wrote on the subject.