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Trump Offers Amnesty Deal; Democrats Immediately Reject ‘Hardline’ Proposal

Posted on | January 26, 2018 | 1 Comment


When the news first leaked out that President Trump was offering Democrats an immigration deal with amnesty for 1.8 million “Dreamers,” conservatives reacted with dismay, because we had once again underestimated Trump’s political genius. As Ed Driscoll has remarked, “Trump’s ability to drive his opponents round the bend is one of his best assets,” and the Democrats responded predictably:

Democrats and outside progressive groups are quickly panning an immigration framework from President Trump as a nonstarter on Capitol Hill.
The White House’s proposal would provide a pathway to citizenship for up to 1.8 million “Dreamers” in exchange for $25 billion for the U.S.-Mexico border wall and other security measures, as well as sweeping changes to the legal immigration system.
But progressive Democrats and their allies are ripping the suggested framework, arguing the administration is trying to hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients “hostage” for changes to legal immigration.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) called the proposal a “ransom” that “doesn’t pass the laugh test.” . . .
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, added that the White House proposal is “shameful” and using the DACA program as a “bargaining chip.”
“President Trump is not just trying to shakedown Congressional Democrats; he is trying to shakedown the American people,” she said. . . .
Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, said the proposal puts a “hardline immigration agenda … on the backs of these young people.”
“Dreamers should not be held hostage to President Trump’s crusade to tear families apart and waste billions of American tax dollars on an ineffective wall,” he said. . . .
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) called it a “compromise between the far right and the alt-right” that is “dead on arrival.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), considered a potential 2020 White House contender, said Trump is trying to hold immigrants “hostage to Steven [sic] Miller’s anti-immigrant wish list.”
Stephen Miller, a conservative White House aide known for his hardline immigration views, has been at the center of the debate.

Notice something? Illinois, New Mexico, New Jersey, Massachusetts — the Democrats complaining about this “hardline immigration agenda” are from blue states that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. However, this fall’s midterm elections won’t be decided in Massachusetts or Illinois, but in Missouri, West Virginia and other states where Democrats will be defending vulnerable Senate seats while the GOP defends its House seats.


‘DOA’: Immigration Activists Say the Only
Ones Who Benefit From Trump’s Latest
DACA Offer Are White Supremacists

This extremist rhetoric, comparing Trump’s offer to a KKK cross-burning, shows how out-of-touch the Democrats are with the middle- and working-class white voters who rejected Hillary in the 2016 election. However much Dick Durbin’s constituents in Chicago or Elizabeth Warren’s constituents in Boston may embrace this rhetoric, it just sounds crazy to retirees in Florida or coal miners in West Virginia.

Trump makes a proposal most Americans will view as extraordinarily generous — amnesty for 1.8 million illegal immigrants is no small thing — and Democrats respond by parroting the left-wing activists who denounce this as a “white supremacist” plan? That’s perfect.

Especially after the Schumer shutdown, it’s now obvious that Democrats are the ones whose extremist agenda is preventing any resolution to the DACA controversy. Trump has shrewdly positioned himself as the reasonable proponent of compromise, and Democrats look like a bunch of radical kooks, shrieking about KKK cross-burnings.

Never underestimate the “very stable genius.”




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