Trump supporters who have been concerned about the president’s overtures towards the Democrats over DACA can breathe a sigh of relief this week; our man in the White House knew what he was doing all along. It turns out that his unusual insistence that Congress help “protect” Obama’s Dreamers from the consequences of their illegal status had a point all along – to force Democrats to give him what he promised the American people. In other words, to get funding for The Wall.
Now Democrats are shocked and feigning outrage, already having gone public with assurances that they would not allow the Dreamers to be used as “bargaining chips” for Trump’s immigration enforcement plans.
On Sunday, the White House sent a list of demands over to Congress – cough up the funding for these measures if you want the president’s signature on amnesty for Dreamers. Among the demands: The construction of the promised wall along the Mexico-U.S. border, money for 10,000 new immigration agents, stricter laws governing those seeking asylum, and a ban on federal funds for any place that declares itself a sanctuary city.
These demands are poison for the Democrats, who would sooner slit their own throats than make most of these concessions. Already, they are facing anger from illegal immigrant activist groups for even working with the administration on amnesty for Dreamers; these groups want amnesty for ALL illegal immigrants. Apparently these groups don’t know how to take yes for an answer, thus putting the Democrats in the tough position of being opposed from both the right and the left on immigration. Don’t feel too bad for them, though; this is a trench of their own digging.
“Chuck and Nancy,” as Trump infamously referred to them last month, released a joint statement blasting the list of demands.
“The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community, and to the vast majority of Americans,” wrote Schumer and Pelosi. “If the president was serious about protecting the Dreamers, his staff has not made a good-faith effort to do so.”
Um, what would YOU consider a “compromise,” guys? Let’s guess: You get amnesty for the 800,000 Dreamers (and probably another half-million illegals), toss the Border Patrol a couple of bucks for new trucks, and authorize some new drones for border surveillance? How about no. It’s YOU – not President Trump and his supporters – who so desperately want to give these Dreamers legal status. Well, if you want it so bad, here’s what you’ve got to do to get it. Simple. And if you weren’t tied to promises you made to the radical Hispanic fringe, you’d be able to come to the table and engage in real negotiations.