Last week, President Trump put forth a proposal to address the issue of children of illegal immigrants that were brought into the United States. His proposal included the following:
- A path to citizenship for 1.8 million “Dreamers” that would last 10-12 years that includes qualifying criteria
- Full funding for “The Wall” and border security
- An end to unrestricted Chain Migration
- An end to the Visa lottery system
- Enforcement of the E-Verify system
- Limits to Immigration to include a merit-based system
- Ending sanctuary cities/states
Of course, Democrats are losing their minds calling it “racist,” “un-American,” and a variety of other things that I care not to repeat here. But let’s really take a look at what is proposed:
A Path to Citizenship: The number of people proposed is staggering, and far more than what the Democrats have insisted be included in any immigration deal. It’s not a done deal – the proposal floats qualifications such as showing merit (i.e., being a productive citizen, law-abiding, not a Welfare recipient, etc.) as well as a waiting period of 10 to 12 years to prove their worthiness (a period of time which is equal to that of people currently applying for citizenship). I’m presuming that the applicants would be registered and legal resident aliens, and would be forbidden to vote in any elections.
In some respects, this makes sense. Anyone that is serious about becoming a citizen of this country should be able to keep their nose clean for a decade, and prove during that time they can be a productive contributor to society. Those that don’t are then weeded out and deported.
On the logistical side, could you imagine the amount of resources that would be needed to round-up and deport just 800,000 people? Staggering, in my opinion. It would rival the most jaded dystopian novel that you could think of.
People who think that President Trump is selling out his Conservative base need to look at these last two points closely. Yes, the kids are here illegally, participants in their parents illegal immigration to this country. Morally, it can be argued (and is), not to penalize the children. It can also be argued that legalizing, although delayed, the Dreamers would increase the Democratic voting base.
I could argue that once the Dreamers (the ones that survive the decade-long vetting process) will have jobs, become productive, and presumably have a better appreciation for self-sufficiency rather than the sit-on-your-butt and receiving handouts mentality that the Democrats seem to promote. At the same time, it frosts me that these children (some of which are now young adults) are still here illegally and we’re talking about making them legal.
The Wall & Security: Once the door has been closed, it needs to be locked and guarded. Going down this path of offering a path to citizenship needs to have a cutoff point. This situation cannot be repeated in 30-some years. That was proven when Ronald Reagan (yes, that Ronald Reagan) signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Here it is 32 years later, and we’re facing the same issues again though non-enforcement of existing laws, and the subverting of various laws by Congress and other state & local governments.
Chain Migration, Visa Lottery, and Merit-Based Immigration: Both of these programs do not benefit the United States. Bringing immigrants into this country that do not contribute is a drain upon the system. Indeed, I have read of several accounts of relatives of legal immigrants being brought into this country and being met by attorneys & social workers whose sole purpose was to assist in signing them up to receive Welfare and other public entitlements. There are also reports of people who came into this country on the Visa Lottery and Chain Migration systems engaging in terrorists activities.
It used to be that to immigrate to the United States, you had to show that you had a skill and that you could contribute to the country. This is a merit-based system that we have gotten away from. It’s time to bring it back.
E-Verify: Once the door is closed, people who have refused to sign up or illegally entered the country should not be able to find work (a reason) to stay. They will then self-deport. Otherwise, that person is taking a job that a legal citizen should have (and another person off the Welfare system). Companies that violate these laws should be penalized and the responsible parties prosecuted.
Ending Sanctuary Cities and States: The current laws of the United States specify that anyone harboring an illegal alien is guilty of a felony. Provide a grace period for the elected officials to reverse their policies. Those that don’t should be prosecuted and imprisoned. It has already been proven that sanctuary cities have higher crime rates and are unsafe for the citizens of that city. By providing aid, comfort, and protection to criminals, these officials are violating their oaths of office to the people who elected them, and should therefore be removed.
The Democrats are not in agreement with much of the above for several reasons (most of them political).
The Democrats want the immigration situation to be a campaign issue that they can use in their attempts to regain control of Congress (and later the White House). They also want to be the ones to have the bragging rights that “they did something” for the Dreamers, and thus “earn” the Dreamers undying political support. Finally, they are making the specious argument that this proposal is “racist.”
I personally think that the Democrats are on the losing end of this issue.
The Democrats had control of both houses of Congress and the White House, and even though they slowly lost control of it all, did not even attempt to bring any type of solution for this issue. The Democrats have been roundly criticized for this.
It wasn’t until President Trump was elected did the Democrats issue a shrill, piercing call to “fix the Dreamer issue.” Ultimately, it led to the disastrous (for the Democrats) 3-day shutdown of the government. Calls from the Dreamers and their supporters labeling the Democrats as traitors has been near deafening.
The Democrats are not bargaining from a position of strength. They need to come to some agreement with President Trump and the Republicans. Otherwise, they will play obstructionist to their heart’s content and vote down any proposal. What will then happen is that President Trump and the Republicans can point to the Democrats and say “We wanted to provide a path to Citizenship for more than what the Democrats wanted, and they turned us down & spit in your eye for good measure!! We now have to follow the laws that Congress previously passed and have to deport you and your families.” The Dreamers and their supporters will not be happy by any stretch of the imagination.
Strike three… The Democrats are out – hopefully, permanently.
At least that’s how I see it. I wonder how this pans out…