Friday, February 2, 2018

Four Red Flags for Conservatives in Trump's Amnesty Compromise

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Trump unveiled his immigration plan last week to hysteria from the left and uncertainty from the right. From a candidate who promised to “immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties,” the proposal represents a sharp turn that provides amnesty to nearly two million people.
The White House believes that providing amnesty of this magnitude is necessary to get any meaningful reforms, like a border wall, through the Congress. However, in making huge concessions on long-standing priorities for Republicans, conservatives worry that the plan trades away too much for too little in return and does long-standing damage to American sovereignty, security and the rule of law.
Here are four issues in the Trump plan that have raised red flags for conservatives.
Expanded amnesty giveaway
Far from just focusing on just the 700,000 illegal immigrants currently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Trump’s plan expands amnesty to all “DACA-eligible” illegal immigrants, which includes those who never applied for DACA status in the first place. According to the White House, this translates to roughly two million people, though immigration experts say that is a lowball number.
Republicans have long maintained that any immigration proposal must not include amnesty of any form. By beginning a negotiation with an offer of amnesty to millions, Trump is moving the baseline for Republicans, harming the party’s future negotiating position. And this is after months of no movement by Democrats to offer any concessions to Republicans.
As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, providing a path to citizenship to those here illegally is “inconsistent with the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”
Amnesty now, border security later (maybe) --->
Read the rest from Rachel Bovard and Wesley Denton HERE.

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