Trump’s DACA ‘Compromise’ Is a Nightmare

Although President Donald Trump claimed during his campaign that he would immediately get rid of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program if elected, he’s more recently softened on the idea, saying he’d be amenable to renewing DACA if it came with other immigration concessions from the left.

On Sunday night, the White House finally released a long list of the requirements it deems necessary in order to compromise on DACA. The list amounts to a conservative fantasy of every anti-immigration tactic it could dream up, suggesting they have no intention of compromising at all.

Here’s what Trump and his staff want to see happen in exchange for allowing Dreamers the opportunity to stay in the United States:

  • Funding to build a border wall
  • Mass and expedited deportations of non-Dreamer undocumented immigrants
  • A formal crackdown on sanctuary cities that don’t enforce Trump’s immigration rules
  • Reducing the number of ways people can legally obtain green cards
  • Over ten thousand new federal hires to work as immigration agents, judges and prosecutors
  • No longer allowing legal immigrants to bring over non-immediate family members

“These priorities are essential to mitigate the legal and economic consequences of any grant of status to DACA recipients,” said Director of Legislative Affairs Marc Short. That might be a better excuse, however, if Dreamers weren’t such a boon for the American economy. Collectively, they pay about $30 billion in taxes per year, and they cannot receive welfare.

It wasn’t long ago that Trump supposedly worked out a deal with Democrats to save DACA without all these strings attached. At the time, Trump seemed to relish the attention he got from brokering what looked to be a reasonable bipartisan deal. Alas, either he caved to pressure from his anti-immigrant base or the deal was never serious in the first place.

While Democrats are eager to defend DACA and Dreamers, there’s really no chance that they’d be willing to throw so many other immigrants under the bus by accepting Trump’s list of demands.

In a joint statement from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leadership respond thusly: “The administration can’t be serious about compromise or helping the Dreamers if they begin with a list that is anathema to the Dreamers, to the immigrant community and to the vast majority of Americans.”

It’s definitely possible that the GOP is putting everything and the kitchen sink on the table so that the Democrats will have to concede more to ultimately meet in the middle. Or it could be that Trump is actually clinging to his original position of getting rid of DACA, and his team wants to force Democrats to have to vote against a proposal to save DACA and blame its demise on them.

The real question we must ask the White House is why DACA is something that requires “compromise” in the first place. Polls have shown that just 15 percent of Americans think that Dreamers should be kicked out of the country. Heck, even 69 percent of Republicans think that Dreamers should be able to stay in the country!

It sounds like the American consensus on this issue is overwhelming and clear; shame on the Trump administration for trying to turn innocent, productive young people who have spent almost their whole lives in this country into bargaining chips for its nefarious agenda. There’s absolutely no reason that sparing Dreamers has to come at the expense of a border wall and mass deportations.

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59 comments

Sarah H
Sarah Hill1 months ago

Anything less than letting everyone and anyone just walk on in and stay would be a nightmare to the left. We are a nation, we have borders, we have to protect those borders. All other nations do!

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Veronica Danie
Veronica D2 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica D2 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Veronica Danie
Veronica D2 months ago

Thank you so very much.

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Joan E
Joan E2 months ago

Trump, the border wall will be worth it IF you and your creepy family and administration stay on the other side of it.

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Mike R
Mike R2 months ago

Thanks

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Mike R
Mike R2 months ago

Thanks

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Mike R
Mike R2 months ago

Thanks

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Kathryn I
Kathryn I2 months ago

Everything about Trump is a "nightmare." - EVERYTHING!

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Cen Sored
Past Member 3 months ago

Dividing races by figurative political fences will divide the USA preeminently and permanently, and politically. Trump is a master manipulator monster in this area.

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