Sunday, September 17, 2017

DACA DON AMNESTY WATCH: Amnesty Could Be Trump’s First Major Legislative Accomplishment

President Donald Trump, who based his insurgent campaign heavily on an anti-immigration platform, might end up enacting legislative amnesty for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants as his first major accomplishment.
The president and the Republican-held Congress have so far failed to enact health care reform, tax reform, and infrastructure legislation. But now the president, Republicans, and Democrats are largely on board in an effort to give legal status to beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
President Trump announced last week that the DACA program will be terminated in March 2018 in a move designed to give Congress time to “legalize” the program that protects roughly 800,000 illegal immigrants from deportation. Trump vowed to end DACA “immediately” on the campaign trail, and his decision to end the program came paired with the policy reversal to support amnesty.
“We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. There will be no amnesty,” Trump said in an August 31, 2016 campaign speech focusing on immigration. Trump has held a variety of beliefs in his public life and at times said he would embrace amnesty.
Read the rest from Alex Pfeiffer HERE.

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