The head of an immigration reform think tank expects Democrats will be totally inflexible in any negotiations with President Trump regarding the status of DACA recipients. A conservative columnist argues that stance will only hurt the "DACAs."
President Donald Trump has made it clear to congressional leaders that his immigration priorities must be enacted in exchange for extending protection from deportation to hundreds of thousands of young illegals, who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Trump's list of priorities includes overhauling the country's "green card" system, a crackdown on unaccompanied minors entering the country, and building his promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi say the president's immigrant "wish list" is dead on arrival. Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, says that approach to the president's plans doesn't bode well for DACA recipients.
"Chuck Schumer has said he's willing to entertain the idea of a little bit of phony border measures – not the wall but maybe drones or that kind of nonsense ... but that's it," he explains.
Krikorian argues that Democrats want to use the DACA issue as pretext for demanding a much bigger amnesty – one that would grant amnesty to an unknown number of individuals. They would rather do that "than deal with this finite, fixed number of people whose work permits are going to be expiring in about five months," he states.
According to Krikorian, Schumer and Pelosi seem to think they are in a position of strength – which he says they really aren't.
"[They] are saying We want everything right now, on our terms. We're not going to give you anything – end of negotiation, period," he states. "That's a recipe for not having any bill get passed by the Congress and end up on the president's desk – and what that means is that the Democrats will be responsible for the DACAs losing their work permits."
Those DACA permits will begin expiring in March.
Putting the Dems in their place
Cheryl Chumley – a columnist for The Washington Times – says the fact that Schumer and Pelosi aren't happy about Trump's immigration priorities means "the White House is doing something right."
Chumley is hopeful Republicans in Congress don't cave to Democrats' complaints. "Let's leave the Dems where they belong – in the dark pit of the minority party, struggling for relevancy and legislative steam," she writes.
The columnist also takes issue with the Democratic leaders' attempt to make it look like Trump didn't follow through on his commitment to them during a meeting that the border wall wasn't part of the deal. Their belief that that was the case, says Chumley, is their own fault.
"[They] mistook this meeting for something politically significant – something akin to a policy etched in stone. That's their missteps," she writes.
"Now that they've got to try and save face by acting as if Trump were betraying their political agreement is called Just Due. Now that they're angry at Trump and characterizing the White House immigration plan as a deal-breaker is called a Good Deal.
"It means, for conservatives, the plan's headed in the right direction."
10/12/2017 - One additional comment from Krikorian added (paragraph #6).