Saturday, January 26, 2019

AMNESTY ALERT: DACA permanency getting “full consideration,” says … Jared Kushner

Has the White House decided to throw in the kitchen sink in an effort to get funding for the border wall? On Saturday, Donald Trump changed the dynamics of the debate by offering to leave the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alone for three years in exchange for $5.7 billion to build the barrier system. The Washington Post reports that Jared Kushner went even further in a meeting yesterday with Latino activists, pledging that “permanency would receive full consideration”:
At the White House on Thursday, the president’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, met with several Latino leaders who lobbied for the president to sweeten his offer to Democrats by including permanent legal status, and possibly a path to citizenship, for young immigrants known as “dreamers.”
Kushner responded that “permanency would receive full consideration,” said Daniel Garza, the executive director of the Libre Initiative, a group funded by Charles and David Koch, prominent GOP fundraisers who support the dreamers.
Over the weekend, Trump had proposed a three-year extension of a deferred action program that has provided work permits to 700,000 dreamers. He has tried to cancel the program, and the temporary extension was part of the legislation that failed Thursday.
That would be quite the concession, but perhaps not functionally much different than what Trump proposed over the weekend. I pointed out in my column at The Week that a three-year extension for DACA could well become “permanent” if Trump didn’t win re-election. Even if he did win a second term, he’d only get that leverage back shortly before the midterms in 2022.
Read the rest from Ed Morrissey HERE and follow links to related stories below:

Mark Levin: ‘Count me out. I’m not going in on amnesty’

McClatchy News: Jared Kushner Offers Latino Groups an Amnesty for 1.8 Million People

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