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No reform, no DACA.

October 9, 2017

That’s the gist of President Trump’s  reported 70-point immigration reform letter to Congress.

Naturally that resulted in exploding heads in Congress and elsewhere.

Funny, no one seems to mind that sort of ultimatum when it’s part of an antifa or Black Lives Matter protest. You know, the ones that say things like “no justice, no peace?”

For those that were complaining that the President doesn’t list enough specifics in his policies, be careful what you wish for.

The public has yet to see the full text of this missive. Perhaps the President will post a link on Twitter or on White House.gov.

Although at least one newspaper has supposedly seen the full letter, it hasn’t yet been made public, so the rest of us have to settle for little bits and pieces as doled out by the media.

One such pre-release glimpse is offered in this Washington Post article on October 9, bylined by Jill Colvin.

It mentions such “draconian” and revolutionary ideas as overhauling the green card program to stop “chain migration” by family members ten times removed, hiring more immigration officers and judges to process illegal immigrant cases and deportations more quickly, expelling people who overstay their visas, mandatory e-verify use for all employers, funding the misnamed border “wall”, and overhauling the asylum system.

Somehow that sounds to most non-political people like a fair trade off for what, by any name is amnesty for 800,000 people.

It also looks like a “put up or shut up” strategy by the administration, intended to light a fire under the do-nothing career politicians.

It was already patently obvious that they had hoped to take the DACA question down to the wire and then toss it back to Trump, either in the form of legislation they know he won’t sign, or by doing nothing at all.

That option is off the table now. Congressional drones now have to come out firmly against solving problems that seem to most of us to be problems too long left unsolved, or actually function as legislators.

As the article notes, it is unknown which points are negotiable, although one thinks that perhaps the increased fees at the border might be one such point.

America is more than ready to force Congress to do its job. The bipartisan “resist” movement just wound up with its tail caught in a crack.

If it refuses to negotiate and even approve many of the President’s ideas, it becomes obvious that the whole DACA thing is about using the affected 800,000 as political chess pieces.

For Trump’s part, it’s about simply standing firm on the most critical parts of his demands, versus merely being a bull-headed counter-puncher.

And in the middle? 800,000 very interested human beings and a nation.

From → op-ed

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