Senate Brings Out Trump's Bad DACA Deal - Ted Cruz Emerging As Immigration Patriots' New Hero?

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Washington Watcher
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14 February 2018
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National News
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The bad news: President Trump’s immigration plan was finally introduced in the Senate on Monday, giving patriots who want no Amnesty serious anxiety. But the good news: Senator Ted Cruz seems to have decided to kill it, thus claiming the leadership of the immigration patriot movement.
Trump’s plan, as introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), would give permanent legalization to 1.8 million illegal immigrants in exchange for border wall funding, the elimination of the Diversity Visa Lottery and the (eventual) end of chain migration. [GOP senators introduce Trump immigration framework, By Jordain Carney, The Hill, February 12, 2018]
To start off with the bad news: Trump’s offer is an obviously bad deal. Not only are a million more illegal aliens given Amnesty under the proposal than the number protected by Obama’s unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the bill would also not end chain migration for another 15 years. Immigration would have to wait another generation to see any significant reduction, and many things can happen between now and when Barron Trump will be old enough to run for office. Additionally, mandatory e-Verify is left out of the legislation, giving immigration patriots even less of a reason to support such a gargantuan Amnesty.
The Senate bill adds Kate’s Law, a measure that would further penalize illegal aliens who try to re-enter the country, on top of Trump’s framework. But it also grandfathers in all family visa applicants who are currently on the waitlist to get in the country, further reducing its potential to stamp out chain migration.
With such a bad framework, I  expected that the two senators calling for a significant reduction in immigration, Tom Cotton and David Perdue, would be railing against the plan. Instead, they are some of the bill’s biggest supporters....
Trump has made no indication he will water down his already bad offer even further. If he sticks to it, it’s very unlikely we’ll see any kind of DACA deal.
Which is arguably the best possible outcome—ICE can then start deporting DACAns, after the Supreme Court squashes clears rogue kritarchs out of the way, and the GOP can campaign on immigration patriotism in the fall....