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The Coming Year-End Immigration Disaster

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan have established a pattern of holding all important must-pass legislation until the last possible moment, and then bundling bills that no conservative would vote for with spending bills that benefit the members’ districts or phony “fixes” that take care of major problems at some unspecified time in the future.

This year is shaping-up to be an epic example of this legislation-by-crisis strategy with must-pass tax reform DACA announcementand spending bills already jammed against the looming year-end deadline.

But we predict the outrageous details of who benefits from tax “reform” and the predicable pigs at the trough spending bill will pale in comparison to the immigration bills McConnell and Ryan will try to force though a reluctant Congress.

Behind closed doors, and very quietly, both parties are scrambling to save DACA — the illegal Obama-era program that has protected from deportation nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Jonathan Swan of Axios reports that as improbable as it sounds, it currently appears that the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party has more leverage than the Stephen Miller wing of the Republican Party when it comes to DACA.

Obviously, this could change says Swan, because nothing is solidified. But based on conversations with White House sources, top Hill aides from both parties, and immigration-restrictionist power-brokers, he has concluded that, at the moment, progressive Democrats hold a superior negotiating position to immigration hardliner Republicans.

In Swan’s analysis President Trump has already blinked. Both publicly — in a Sep. 5 tweet, when he hinted he may reinstate DACA unilaterally if Congress can't save it — and privately, the president has indicated he is not inclined to let DACA die.

Swan cites an unnamed conservative member of Congress, who has discussed DACA with the president, who told him Trump made very clear to him he was prepared to keep the protections in place beyond March — when the program is currently set to expire — if Congress does nothing.

Swan reports that Stephen Miller, one of the White House's few remaining immigration hardliners, is telling conservative activists that Trump will back legislation giving current DACA recipients legal status — aka amnesty — in exchange for legislation ending chain, or family, migration. However, Miller doesn't want the must-pass December spending bill to include a DACA fix.

That appears to be a non-starter opines Jonathan Swan, who says top Democratic Senate aides have told him they think it's hilarious that Miller thinks he can get this deal, and that chain migration isn't going anywhere.

So, when is Congress most likely to take this step – unpalatable to most conservatives?

Exactly when White House conservatives like Stephen Miller don’t want it – in the must-pass spending bill is our prediction.

We base that prediction on the precedent set by former Speaker of the House John Boehner, who you may recall put a phony “fix” for Obama’s original illegal amnesty program in the hated “CRomnibus” of 2014.

The fix never happened, but on pages 128 and 129 and on page 909 of the bill that passed Congress granted millions of dollars to the Obama administration to educate and process the amnesty applications of the thousands of “UACs” or unaccompanied minor children that flooded into the U.S. when Obama’s amnesty plan became common knowledge on the streets of Central America.

On pages 128 and 129 the bill provided the Department of Justice (DOJ) funds for the “Administrative review and appeals (including transfer of funds) “For expenses necessary for the administration of pardon and clemency petitions and immigration-related activities, $351,072,000, of which $4,000,000 shall be derived by transfer from the Executive Office for Immigration Review fees deposited in the ‘Immigration Examinations Fee’ account.”

This directly provided $4 million to immediately process the paperwork necessary to implement amnesty for illegal aliens – and since it appropriated fees it proved that House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers was just plain lying when he said that the House couldn’t do anything to stop amnesty since the money came from fee-based accounts.

Rather than appropriating the $4 million Rogers could have just as easily written the bill to prohibit funds “For expenses necessary for the administration of pardon and clemency petitions and immigration-related activities” but he didn’t, so the Department of Justice continued to process Obama’s amnesty paperwork.

But the most shameful affront to America’s workers and their families came on page 909 of the bill in the language “regarding UACs: English Language Acquisition” where the bill appropriated three quarters of a billion to educate immigrant children and youth and gave $14 million in special grants to states with at least one county that received 50 or more unaccompanied minors from the tsunami of amnesty seekers that washed up on our southern border during the Obama years.

Imagine how many inner-city kids could have received tutoring or training in computers or other job readiness skills for that kind of money.

Imagine how many older workers who had been unemployed for years in the Obama economy could have been retrained for that kind of money.

Imagine how many rural or inner-city schools could have been upgraded to the world-class institutions needed to prepare American kids to compete in the knowledge economy of today for that kind of money.

And then ask yourself if establishment Republicans spent that kind of money educating illegal aliens, will those illegal aliens ever be sent back to their home countries, or will they stay here to use their federally funded education to compete with you and your kids for jobs?

Until the Democrat and Republican establishments are voted out of office DACA and other programs to benefit illegal aliens will never be stopped and legislation by year-end train wreck will continue to be their preferred vehicle for forcing these policies on an increasingly resistant public.

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