Democrats And Squishy Republicans Want To Narrow Focus Of DACA Bill

Of course they do. And once Trump and the non-squishy Republicans agree to narrowing the focus, Democrats will demand that border security be cut and a “clean” bill be passed

(Washington Post) Lawmakers in both parties said Sunday that the immigration debate should focus narrowly on efforts to legalize young immigrants known as “dreamers” and beef up border security, suggesting that President Trump’s demands to slash legal immigration levels are likely to sink a deal.

Democrats have voiced fierce opposition to a White House plan, released late last week, that featured a path to citizenship for 1.8 million dreamers in exchange for $25 billion for his border wall and sharp cuts to family immigration visas.

Though Democratic leaders have grudgingly offered wall funding, they have accused the president of leveraging the dreamers as “ransom” to severely constrict legal immigration, calling it a wish list for “anti-immigration hard-liners” and “white supremacists.”

Congress members, including some Republicans, said Sunday that the negotiations have gone too far afield ahead of a March 5 deadline after which 690,000 dreamers in an Obama-era deferred action program could begin to lose their protections from deportation.

A grand total of three Republicans are mentioned: Squishy Susan Collins, who is all the way up in Maine, where there’s not that much of a concern for illegals coming across the border, along with Reps. Will Hurd (R-Tx.) and Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).

“I still believe that a narrow bill is most important; the thing that we can get through our Congress, both houses, in the House and in the Senate,” said Hurd, who represents a district with more than 800 miles of border with Mexico. “Because the more things you add, you start creating coalitions of opposition. And so let’s keep this narrow.”

What they want is quick citizenship for all the Dreamers for essentially a promise to maybe provide a bit of funding for a few miles of border fencing.

White House officials rejected suggestions that the president was asking for too much. In rolling out his plan last week, aides called the citizenship path for dreamers a potential lure for additional illegal immigration and said the proposed border security increases — including more immigration agents and judges — would help prevent it.

They said the curbs to family immigration — which Trump and other conservatives have referred to as “chain migration” — would help offset a surge in legalized immigrants represented by the dreamers, who have been in the country since they were children.

The Washington Post attempts to paint what Trump wants as “comprehensive immigration reform”, which keeps failing, however, the measures in the Trump plan are meant to discourage future illegal aliens. And giving legal status with a chance for citizenship 10-12 years down the road requires a lot in return. Democrats should be careful with their caterwauling, blamestorm, and typical nasty language, lest Trump and the GOP pull any DACA bills off the table and say “we tried. Democrats didn’t. We’re moving on. Perhaps we’ll revisit this next year.”

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6 Responses to “Democrats And Squishy Republicans Want To Narrow Focus Of DACA Bill”

  1. bob says:

    if trump allows illegal aliens to remain even if the congress approves of a wall it will never be built. if trump passes amnesty he will lose both houses of congress so the wall will be defunded and he will lose his reelection. his number one issue when he won was no amnesty. if he goes back on that no one who voted for him will support him again. he should have ended daca in september.

    • Jeffery says:

      The DREAM residents will end up getting their tRumpamnesty one way or the other because that’s what 80% of America wants. The American people are fair, even in the face of our home-grown, increasingly violent right-nationalists. If he starts violently deporting the DACA recipients he’ll also have to start shooting protesters, much to the delight of the right-nationalists, who may get the civil war they (Stephen Miller and Bannon) crave. Even tRump understands that. Whether he cares is another question.

      If he is still alive in 2020 he will not be re-elected unless the Republicans complete their “re-engineering” of the US electoral process.

  2. Jeffery says:

    TEACH typed (lied):

    What they want is quick citizenship for all the Dreamers

    That’s an absolute lie and you know it. Neither Congressional Democrats nor Republicans are proposing quick citizenship for the DREAM residents.

    The DREAM acts proposed DO offer a path to citizenship requiring a decade or more of good citizenship.

    Beneficiaries of the DREAM Act must meet the following requirements:[3]

    They were younger than 18 years old on the date of their initial entry to the United States
    Have proof of having arrived in the United States before age 16[4] (Dream Act of 2017, S.1615, Sec.3(b)(1)(B), and HR3440, Sec.3(b)(1)(B)).[5] [6]
    Have proof of residence in the United States for at least four consecutive years since their date of arrival
    If male, have registered with the Selective Service
    Be between the ages of 12 and 35 at the time of bill enactment
    Have graduated from an American high school, obtained a GED, or been admitted to an institution of higher education
    Be of good moral character[7]

    During the first six years, qualifying people would be granted “conditional” status and would be required to (a) graduate from a two-year community college or (b) complete at least two years towards a four-year degree or (c) serve two years in the US military. After this six-year period, those who meet at least one of these three conditions would be eligible to apply for permanent resident status. During this six-year conditional period, they would not be eligible for federal higher education grants such as Pell grants but they would be able to apply for student loans and work study.[8]

    If they have met all of the conditions at the end of the 6-year conditional period, they would be granted permanent residency, which would eventually allow them to become U.S. citizens.[9]

  3. Stosh says:

    So when ICE starts deporting DACA recipients and their families in March, the Dems will only have themselves to blame.

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