Trump Has Got Democrats Right Where He Wants Them

Article author: 
Thomas B. Edsall
Article publisher: 
New York Times
Article date: 
1 February 2018
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 
... According to the Pew Research Center:
In 2014, immigrant women accounted for about 901,000 U.S. births, which marked a threefold increase from 1970 when immigrant women accounted for about 274,000 births. Meanwhile, the annual number of births to U.S.-born women dropped by 11 percent during that same time period, from 3.46 million in 1970 to 3.10 million in 2014.
There are now an estimated 690,000 registered Dreamers in the United States... Trump’s offer would increase the number offered a path to citizenship to 1.8 million by adding those who are eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), but who never registered.
For a Democratic Party whose electoral strength depends on Hispanic support (64 percent of Latinos identified with or leaned toward the Democratic Party in 2016) preventing the deportation of the Dreamers and providing them with legal status has become a matter of political necessity....
Trump’s proposal more than meets Democratic demands on DACA. But in return Trump wants Democrats to swallow three proposals of varying unpalatability.
First, the creation of a $25 billion fund for construction of a southern border wall...
Second, a shift in immigration priorities from family reunification to a merit system...
Third, an end to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program....
The problem for Democrats is that... they cannot allow a repetition of the minority voting patterns in 2016....


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