Trump struck a nerve on the Right and the Left when he had Steven Miller announce his Border Wall/DACA/Immigration Plan yesterday. Given both wings have slammed this proposal, actually gives this plan more, not less, merit! Pelosi/Schumer and Ted Cruz all hit the mics to thump their chests and condemn the President’s plan!
But, What are the Facts?
Amnesty Vs Path to Citizenship:
The right is clamoring that this plan is Amnesty for 1.8 million DACA candidates. Any plan to them is equal to amnesty. When you press them, they say that rather than amnesty, the DACA candidates should get in line like every other immigration applicant. OK, I agree, but so does Trump! An immigration applicant files for immigration then undergoes a medical, criminal, and other forms of background checking. This takes anywhere from 6 months, if you are married to an American citizen, to 3 years plus.
TRUMP IS PROPOSING THAT THE DACA CANDIDATES WAIT 10-12 YEARS TO BECOME A CITIZEN DURING WHICH TIME THEY UNDERGO THE SAME BACKGROUND CHECKS AND PROVE THAT THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED AS A DACA CANDIDATE. Further, during this period, the candidates can be rejected if they enroll to receive any type of government subsistence; or, if they commit a crime; or if they return to their “home” country without permission.
The right is apoplectic about the 1.8M DACA candidates that were included in the President’s plan. CHILL! The 690,000 DACA candidates are those who enrolled in the DACA program. No one really knows but it is estimated that there are another 1.2M potential DACA enrollees who have not signed up yet. Before you start screaming, “They had their chance”, there is a small roadblock called the US Constitution and its Equal Protection clause. If a person otherwise qualifies as a DACA Candidate but did not sign up, the likelihood is extremely high that the Supreme Court would allow those people to enroll in DACA. You may say that they are not citizens and have no rights. Sorry but since they are in the US and have been residing here they to inherit constitutional protections. It may be that rather than there being an additional 1.2M potential DACA enrollees, it may be less, it may be more. But, the President realistically included actual and potential candidates. Would you rather have this or have him lie to you and in the end you find out there were really 1.8 applicants!
Since the President is putting a 10-12 year period restriction on the DACA candidates, I would think they would return to their parent’s home country and apply for citizenship! It may be faster if this plan is adopted! Since the President put in a 10-12 year implementation plan, this satisfies the BORDER SECURITY FIRST crowd!
$25 Billion for the Wall and Border Security
President Trump’s plan calls for $25Billion to be set aside, and not subject to future Congressional rescission, to build the wall, add more border agents, provide for additional security enhancements to the Southern and CANADIAN borders, and build border courts. The President knows that he may or may not continue to have Republican majorities in the House and Senate and wants the funding to be set in stone. Plus, he knows that he cannot implement all of the needed Wall and security changes in one or two budget years. He does not want to take a chance on having Congress playing games with this funding. Republicans or Democrats!
President Trump included an end to chain migration and will ask that it be replaced with merit based migration requirements. The only vestige to chain migration will be that an approved immigrant can bring his or her spouse and their children. This also applies to the DACA candidates.
Visa Lottery Program:
The President is proposed that this program be eliminated totally. As stated above, visa applicants will be subjected to merit based scrutiny and be required to meet specific criteria that documents that they will be contributory to the US economy. More later.
Port and Northern Border Security
The President is also proposing measures to beef up port security to eliminate incoming illicit drugs and human trafficking. These same measures will be put in place along our Canadian borders that span approximately 5,500 miles! Just think how easy it is to cross the great lakes from Canada and enter the US! Not hard!
Before we finish up with the other provisions, what Trump is actually doing is comprehensive immigration! If he gets most of what he will finishing outlining next week, there were be few if any real major issues remaining regarding our immigration policy. But, don’t tell the Left or the Media!
The President will cut back on the numbers eligible to be approved to come into this country. The President is slowing legal immigration to allow time to assimilate all of the chain, lottery, and refugee immigrants that have come into this country in the past 15 years. He want to make sure we can ensure that hot pockets of unassimilated immigrants are successfully melded into our society and our economy. He also wants to make sure that during the growth of our economy, that AMERICANS, not immigrants have priority to receive the newly created jobs!
The President is also proposing to crack down on legal Visa overstays that are the largest contributor to our illegal immigration. As part of his border security provisions, he will be implementing tacking and apprehension policies to eliminate Visa overstays.
The President will also be proposing to beef up and require the use of E-Verify. I am not sure if he will not only require private sector employees to use E-Verify, but he should force government welfare agencies, State Food Stamp agencies, and other governmental agencies who approve subsistence or healthcare assistance to use E-Verify. Once the wall and other security policies are put in place, this will ensure that anyone who sneaks through will be caught by E-Verify and asked to leave or be prosecuted.
There will be other details that will be released next week and as they are I will update this post. But, take a deep breath and take conservative and liberal media with a grain of salt when they rail against the President’s proposal. Also, remember, final legislation is up to Congress. So, when I hear Ted Cruz and other condemn this proposal, I would remind them that the President is trying to get YOU TO DO YOUR JOB AND COME UP WITH A BILL YOURSELVES! It is easy to run up to a mic and complain.
Actual work is hard, that is why it called work!
If the President can get his proposal through Congress, he will once again accomplish something no one has been able to do since before 1966, solve many immigration issues and secure this great nation.