If one were to think about Washington insiders as paid pugilists adhering to the Marquess of Queensberry rules, then President Donald Trump is the MMA street-fighter that took them all to the mat on everything from Travel Bans, coal mining, trade deals, tax cuts, and the economy.
The bare-knuckled White House brawler will now take up DACA and chain migration in a post-Christmas fight that ought to be on Pay Per View.
With tax reform finally becoming a reality, let’s take a look at the next big fight for Trump and the Republicans.
DACA: The Facts
The so-called Dreamers were brought to the United States illegally and have grown up as Americans.
They are not necessarily here legally as their parents committed a crime in bringing these then-children to America and hiding from ICE. They know no other country as their own, and were granted temporary amnesty through an Obama-era executive order. Like many actions taken under the Obama Administration, numerous legal experts and states attorney generals view the Dreamer policy as executive overreach and unlawful.
In the wake of state AGs about to launch a federal lawsuit to strike down the order and remove the Dreamers, Trump negotiated a deal to phase out DACA while legitimate legislation could be passed. There are approximately 690,000 people enrolled, and upwards of 800,000 receive some form of DACA benefit. Time is running out.
Chain Migration: The Facts
When a foreign national gains a green card in the United States, they can begin the process of bringing over immediate and extended family members. The U.S. policy has resulted in an approximate 250,000 legal immigrants coming to the United States annually in 1950 to more than 1 million each year since the early 1990s.
This policy created a form of mass immigration that resulted in an economic race to the bottom. A tremendous number of chain immigrants come the United States with little or no substantial skill sets, and compete with the American-born laborers. These immigrants are often willing to work for lower wages, and this has negatively impacted American minorities, particularly African-Americans.
Get Ready For The DACA-Chain Migration Brawl
Few dispute that the DACA youths should be provided a pathway to citizenship. They have already been required to follow the laws, and many are gainfully employed or attending college. Democrats have lobbied to have a “clean” DACA law passed that poses no additional requirements or other immigration law attached to it. Republicans, led by the vocal Trump, are calling for an end to chain migration as well. Neither side appears to be ready to budge.
In many ways, a DACA resolution means the world to Democrats. The left has established a voting base almost entirely on the premise of “identity politics.” Convincing minorities, LGBT community members, and other people they are being marginalized represents their last hope of re-election in 2018 and beyond. Getting a DACA win shows they can deliver on at least one policy position.
But a Dem loss on chain migration means alienating and, in the DNC’s eyes, losing perspective voters they sorely need. When us-against-them identity politics works, voters go blue. Since working and middle-class Americans will be getting more money in their paychecks and their taxes going down, expect mass migration toward the GOP in the coming years.
While Republicans are willing to do what many believe to be morally correct in terms of DACA legislation, the GOP will be negotiating this deal from a position of strength. They hold the majority in the House, Senate and Pres. Trump weilds the presidential pen. On top of majority voting control, Republicans have very little to lose by turning this into a street brawl.
Given that DACA was a liberal Obama-era policy and these young immigrants are overwhelmingly inclined to lean left, the GOP won’t be losing many votes if the whole thing takes a 10-count. The same basic thinking applies to chain migration. The Democrats barrage of accusations about racism, sexism, xenophobia (most people don’t even know what that means) are more likely to hoodwink newbies.
Since the Trump-led GOP policy direction focuses on business growth and American prosperity, stopping extended family members of Dem-voting immigrants from swaying swing states is in their best interest. The president has already gone on the record saying that ending chain migration will be part of any DACA deal.
“I don’t think any Republican would vote for anything having to do with leaving chain migration. Chain migration is a disaster for this country and it’s horrible,” Trump said.
If anyone has illusions that Trump’s big tax win will soften the rhetoric in 2018, you’ve got another thing coming. DACA and chain migration could make a Mike Tyson fight look like massage therapy.
~ Conservative Zone