President Trump today said his “deal” with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over Chinese food at the White House to legalize illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children must include “massive” border security measures.
Trump is getting furious pushback from conservatives who are accusing him of abandoning his pledge to build a wall with Mexico. Reports indicate Trump will continue to push for a wall, just not as part of this package.
I’m not sure why conservatives are losing their heads over this. Republicans are not in a strong position with respect to DACA, given that the overwhelming majority of Americans want to keep DACA recipients in the United States, with most saying they should be made legal and many others saying not to make them citizens but let them stay.
It is cruelty to send people who were raised in this country to live in what for them is basically a foreign nation. We cannot and must not send all of them back to Mexico. What Trump must do is get the best deal he can by pushing to limit the scope of the action to those who truly came as children and have stayed here for years, limit the ability of DACA recipients to send for their relatives, and curb certain legal immigration to make up for the new legalization that would occur, as well as get border security measures.
Trump has already weakened his hand by revealing that he wants DACA recipients to stay here. He should have played it closer to his vest. I don’t get it.
Trump should continue to insist on funding for the wall in the spending bills. Republicans should seek to pass measures that include funding for border security and the wall, asserting that an election was held and building the wall was the centerpiece of it. The American people spoke. If Democrats won’t pass the spending bills, the onus should be on them, for once, for shutting the government down. And Republicans should not waver, allowing the shutdown to occur and blaming Democrats for not agreeing to a budget