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Trump Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory On Immigration

The White House

At about 4:00 p.m. yesterday the White House Press Secretary issued a statement on behalf of the President saying:

Last fall, the White House sent Congress a list of the core reforms necessary to fix our immigration system.  These reforms were assembled in coordination with frontline law enforcement officers and career public servants who know what is necessary to keep America safe.  Since that time, President Donald J. Trump and his Administration have hosted dozens of meetings with Republican and Democrat leadership and rank-and-file members of the House and Senate to discuss these reforms and find a bipartisan path forward. Based on these negotiations, the White House will release a legislative framework on Monday that represents a compromise that members of both parties can support.  We encourage the Senate to bring it to the floor.  This framework will fulfill the four agreed-upon pillars: securing the border and closing legal loopholes; ending extended-family chain migration; cancelling the visa lottery and providing a permanent solution on DACA.  After decades of inaction by Congress, it’s time we work together to solve this issue once and for all. The American people deserve no less.

While not exactly what conservatives were looking for this statement hit some of the key concerns conservatives have expressed during past immigration debates – especially ending chain migration and the terrorist-riddled visa lottery and of course building the wall.

What was missing was mandatory e-verify for employers to eliminate the economic incentives for illegal immigration and any definition of what Trump meant by “a permanent solution on DACA.”

But conservatives didn’t have to wait too long to get the word that what the President apparently means by “a permanent solution on DACA” is the same thing as Democrats mean by a permanent solution to DACA – citizenship for millions of illegal aliens.

The Associated Press is reporting that President Trump says his immigration plan will let protections for younger immigrants "morph into" citizenship in 10-12 years.

This is the same thing that the hated Gang of Eight “comprehensive immigration reform” bill promoted by failed Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (and steered behind the scenes by President Barack Obama) proposed back in 2013, and it led to the defeat of then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the end of Rubio’s presidential ambitions.

Some well-meaning conservatives may see the opportunity for some grand conservative sounding deal on immigration reform that would include legislating a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients and coupling it with a few watered-down elements of the Goodlatte bill or Senator Tom Cotton’s RAISE Act.

This is a dangerous folly.

But establishment Republican “leaders” on Capitol Hill have no interest in honestly pursuing the wishes of the conservative grassroots of the Republican Party who are adamantly opposed to any form of amnesty for any universe of illegal aliens.

The establishment Republican leadership is only interested in paying-off the cheap labor wing of the business community and the globalist Silicon Valley oligarchs who have poured millions into keeping low-cost labor pouring into the United States.

Democrats likewise have no interest in doing a deal to restrict immigration. They see immigrants from poor countries, especially those who owe their legal status to special treatment from politicians, as a rich source of votes for Big Government Democrats and their liberal welfare dependency programs.

And there’s a good bit of evidence they are right in that assessment.

Back in 2015 the late First Lady of the Conservative Movement Phyllis Schlafly wrote an incisive article on Townhall explaining why conservatives – and establishment Republicans – should oppose amnesty for illegal aliens.

Mrs. Schlafly presented an enormous body of survey research that showed that large majorities of recent immigrants, who are mostly Hispanic and Asian, hold liberal views on most policy issues and therefore vote Democratic two-to-one. Their motivation is not our immigration policy; it is economic issues.

“The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent of immigrants prefer a single government-run health care system. The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare, and the Pew Research Center found that 75 percent of Hispanic and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government.”

It is also worth noting a Harris poll Mrs. Schlafly cited that “found that 81 percent of native-born Americans believe the schools should teach students to be proud of being American, compared to only 50 percent of immigrants who had become naturalized U.S. citizens. Only 37 percent of naturalized citizens (compared to 67 percent of native-born citizens) think our Constitution has a higher legal authority than international law.

The Pew Research Center reported in 2011 that, of all groups surveyed, Hispanics have the most negative view of capitalism in America -- 55 percent. This is even higher than the supporters of Occupy Wall Street.”

What’s the bottom line in Mrs. Schafly’s article?

The data do not support the notion that immigrants are social, economic or constitutional conservatives.

As Mrs. Schlafly noted in quoting Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute, "It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic Party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation."

All you must do is view this video of a group of so-called DREAMERS in action or this one of so-called DREAMERS saying F-ck Senator Thom Tillis or those outside Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer’s house to understand the outcome of adding these Far-Left activists to the base of the Democratic Party.

Republicans on Capitol Hill must finally get smart and understand that the current level of immigration, even without amnesty, will add nearly 15 million new potential voters by 2036, a large share of whom will favor the Left. Add to that amnesty for 800,000 mostly Mexican and Central American DACA beneficiaries and you have a formula that will make Republicans a permanent minority party and limited government constitutional conservatism a soon-to-be extinct philosophy of government.

We urge CHQ readers and our other friends to contact the White House through this link. Tell President Trump there should be no path to citizenship for illegal aliens, and that if we must do an immigration reform bill, the only game in town is the Securing America's Future Act (H.R. 4760) sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, and that H.R. 4760 sets a FLOOR for immigration policy below which no legislation should go.

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Ending extended-family chain migration

You might as well give amnesty to all along with the so called DACA "children"
who arrived here "by no fault of their own." This is a back door way of rewarding those that illegally entered our country without vetting or insuring
that they share the American way. It may seem harsh to not let the "child"
nominate his parents for legal status but to do so violates the whole issue
of who we are letting into our country. It will undoubtedly start a run of
new illegals looking for the same preferences until the makeup of our country
is gone forever and we effectively will have no boarders, Wall or no Wall.

Illegals

Yesterday, President Trump produced his outline for immigration reform. Of course, getting rid of chain migration, the lottery and building the wall are there. But amnesty for millions of illegals, increasing Democrats voting base? No.

ONLY Dreamers, and Dreamers only will get to stay in the US...with legal residency status, without rights (especially no right to vote) and that any path to citizenship would take 12-15 years.

DAPA is out...which was amnesty for Dreamers parents.

Dreamers will be watched...any who break laws will be deported. Those who haven't can apply for citizenship after a period of time, getting in the back of the line of legal immigrant applicants.

Dreamers get to stay; but no voting rights, no base for Democrats. And any path to citizenship is based on their being lawful residents, and waiting 12-15 years before beginning the process.