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Center for Immigration Studies Director Mark Krikorian says President Donald Trump’s list of pro-American immigration priorities “make it less likely” that the White House will sign off on any deal that simply gives outright amnesty to illegal aliens.
In a piece by Krikorian, the immigration reformer says Trump is the only Republican administration out of the 2016 GOP presidential candidates who would have put forward the list of immigration priorities while also shifting the burden to shield 800,000 illegal aliens covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program onto House and Senate Democrats.
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First of all, this list, even if just theoretical, is better than anything ¡Jeb! or Rubio or even Cruz would have come up with. And if you’re going to negotiate, you don’t start by offering a proposal that’s preemptively watered down.
What’s more, while Trump won’t necessarily consider himself bound by this (any more than he’s bound by anything else he says on any other subject), it makes it less likely Congress would send him, or he’d sign, a naked DACA amnesty, maybe with some fig-leaf border security provisions. (Drones!). Having raised the bar like this, signing a DACA bill that doesn’t include some significant portion of what’s outlined would be a Neville Chamberlain-level failure of deal-making, and would have political consequences.
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Trump’s immigration priorities include:
Classifying overstaying a visa as a “misdemeanor”
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Enacting a merit-based legal immigration where only qualified immigrants can enter the U.S.
Krikorian says Trump’s immigration priorities put Democrats in a political bind, as the far-left open borders lobby and corporate donors want nothing more than blanket amnesty with no reforms attached:
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The Democrats have, of course, denounced the White House “anti-immigrant wishlist” as dead on arrival. They’d say that even if they were serious about compromise, because that’s the way the game is played. But they’re not serious.
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