This hasn’t been the best week to be a true-blue Donald Trump supporter. With his shady “deal” with Democrats on DACA, the president appears to be selling his campaign promises to the lowest bidders and getting jack squat in return. We don’t know if Trump genuinely has a soft spot for these so-called “dreamers” or if he’s just getting off on the suddenly-favorable reactions from the liberal media…or if he’s got something else up his sleeve that the Democrats don’t see coming. We just can’t tell. But we do know that we’d be a lot more comfortable if he’d stop giving Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer so much of his time on this issue. There are much more important things he could be doing.
All that said…
Let’s not give up hope quite yet. Sure, you’ve got Ann Coulter out there calling for Trump’s impeachment, but he could literally round up every single illegal immigrant and ship them off to Zimbabwe and she’d find a way to accuse him of going soft. That’s her shtick, and she’s not about to give it up, regardless of what Trump does or doesn’t do on immigration. We love Ann, but she’s got a Twitter feed to keep happy and books to sell. Falling in love with the Establishment – and as president, Trump IS the current Establishment – is a bad business move. She’s more comfortable in the peanut gallery.
As for the rest of us, now would be a good chance to take stock of everything Trump has accomplished when it comes to illegal immigration. And here’s the thing: It didn’t take billions of dollars to do it. In fact, it really didn’t take any money at all. It simply took a good message and a willingness to enforce the laws already on the books.
By sending a clear and concise message on illegal immigration, Trump has singlehandedly slashed crossings at the border by nearly 70% in eight months. By taking the handcuffs off his ICE agents, he has deported thousands of illegal immigrant criminals and restored a sense of safety to our streets. And by waging an uncompromising war on Sanctuary Cities, he has forced local officials in California, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere to come right out and tell the truth: We put the security of non-citizens ahead of real Americans. Don’t think that won’t have political consequences down the road.
So no, we’re not thrilled with this DACA business, but we saw it coming. Trump gave us plenty of hints along the way that he wasn’t going to take a hard line with the DREAMers. It is what it is. But before we mount our horse of indignity, let’s stop and consider: Would we rather have a flawed president who is at least making headway on the issue of illegal immigration, or would we rather it be Hillary Clinton? Or, for that matter, Mike Pence? What kind of wall would either of them build?
We’re not saying the president’s above criticism, but let’s be thankful for what we’ve got.