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The DACA - border wall deal - what's in it for America?

January 14, 2018
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There are plenty of reasons to oppose a DACA amnesty. After seven amnesties, we know that amnesties beget more, not less, illegal immigration. See The dirt on DACA - a nightmare of a DREAM for the true impact that such an amnesty would have on Americans.

If there is going to be a DACA amnesty - border wall deal, Americans need to know what's in it for them and for their country.

The article DACA, the Wall, and the Deal by Ned Ryun (American Greatness, January 14, 2018) presents a pretty good perspective on the deal (here's a CAIRCO summary of the article). Ryun writes:

... in the days following the meeting, the White House has correctly laid out the parameters for the potential DACA deal: funding for a physical wall and other border security measures, an end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery system. In a perfect world, voter ID and E-verify would be added as well, though those are likely to be a part of the much larger immigration reform.

In return for those items, it should be stressed that the deal for Dreamers is not immediate citizenship, but potentially green cards and a five-year process to become citizens. They would give them immediate legal status to prevent deportation. The fact of the matter is that it is in no one’s interests to deport the Dreamers, and in spite of a vocal minority, many in Trump’s base don’t believe it is the right thing to do....

What is fascinating to watch in this debate is the Democrats seeming abhorrence to a physical wall....

We're at a turning point on immigration. Some have said this will be the best deal we will see in our lifetimes. 

So what does the deal offer America?

The framework for this deal is in the context of Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s proposed legislation - see the crucial points....

Ryun remarks that "If the Democrats are serious about protecting the Dreamers, they will take this deal...."

It is also important to note that NumbersUSA Backs House DACA Amnesty Bill: No Way Congress Will Give Us E-Verify, End Chain Migration Without Trade-Offs (by Robert Kraychick, Breitbart, January 11, 2018):

“If this bill passes as is, we will be in a better position,” said Rosemary Jenks, the director of government relations for NumbersUSA, of the Republican-led Securing America’s Future (SAF) Act. The proposed bill grants amnesty for illegal alien recipients of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program....

The SAF Act includes three critical components, said Jenks: 1. Ending chain migration; 2. Ending the visa lottery; and 3. A national mandate for E-Verify use by employers.

“NumbersUSA has opposed every amnesty that has been proposed in Congress since our founding in 1996. We are going to actually endorse Chairman Goodlatte’s bill, and the reason we are doing that is because it includes our top three priorities, and our top three priorities are ending chain migration, ending the visa lottery, and mandating E-Verify. Those are the three things that will most help American workers and most help raise their wages,” said Jenks....

“Roughly half of all illegal aliens in the United States came on a legal visa and overstayed, so the wall’s not going to stop that. What is going to stop it is taking away the jobs. So if they can’t come here and get a job and support their families, they’re not going to come, or they’re going to leave,” said Jenks, referring to the importance of E-Verify in reducing illegal immigration....

The SAF Act, acknowledged Jenks, does not guarantee construction of a southern border wall: “We don’t have any guarantee in this bill that we’re going to get a wall. There’s no guarantee because there’s no funding. This isn’t an appropriations bill, it’s an authorization bill. It authorizes additional wall, but doesn’t fund it. So Congress is going to have to come back and fund it.”...