President Donald Trump just made an amnesty offer so generous that his supporters were wondering what in the hell was going on. As generous as the offer was, and it gave the Democrats the first bite of the apple, it was not good enough for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Is this what President Trump figured was going to happen all along? Did Trump’s DACA deal proposal just outsmart the Democrats and leave them out upon their collective ear?
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The one-page proposal released by the White House this week would allow as many as 1.8 million young immigrants to become citizens, while also calling for $25 billion in spending on a border wall and security as well as sharply restricting family-based immigration and eliminating a visa lottery system.
“This plan flies in the face of what most Americans believe,” Schumer said on Twitter. While Trump “finally acknowledged that the Dreamers should be allowed to stay here and become citizens, he uses them as a tool to tear apart our legal immigration system and adopt the wish list that anti-immigration hardliners have advocated for for years.”
A DACA amnesty straight up in exchange for the wall would have been an interesting offer, although even there border hawks would have pointed to a recurring problem in would-be immigration deals. The left gets what it wants immediately and its gains realistically can’t be undone, whereas the right is stuck waiting for its payoff and remains at the mercy of changing political winds in the meantime. You’d never see a “wall for DACA” deal in which DACA recipients are made to wait to receive their legal status until after the wall is built. It wouldn’t be fair to them to leave them in limbo, Democrats would say, and many Republicans would agree. Which is not a problem *if* you believe a Democratic-run government circa 2021 would keep up its end of the bargain and complete the wall even though they’d have the legislative power to stop…….
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