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The false choice between the Dreamers and the military — OPINION

30 Enero 2018, 08:51 | Bibiana Flor

The false choice between the Dreamers and the military — OPINION

Hundreds of people demonstrate against racism in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bay Ridge on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15 2018 in New York City

"$25 billion as ransom for Dreamers with cuts to legal immigration and increases to deportations doesn't pass the laugh test", said Democratic Representative Luis Gutierrez.

The plan, announced Thursday, was applauded by some in Congress, but blasted by conservative activists as "amnesty" and slammed by a slew of Democrats, who accused President Trump of holding "Dreamers" hostage to his hard-line immigration agenda.

"DACA has been made increasingly difficult by the fact that Cryin' Chuck Schumer took such a beating over the shutdown that he is unable to act on immigration!" "It takes us back generations, to a time of far more restrictive immigration at the turn of the 20th century".

Yet it is the third element of the White House plan that is the most telling - and the most inflammatory.

"Trump's plan also calls for a "$25 billion trust fund for the border wall system, ports of entry/exit, and northern border improvements". The plan seems eerily similar to the blueprint used for the 2007 Bush-Kennedy amnesty, which appeared to end chain migration, but wouldn't actually end it for 17 years. The diversity visa lottery would end, and the 50,000 green cards currently awarded randomly would be applied to a backlog of other legal immigration categories.

The U.S. takes in about 1 million legal immigrants annually, and nearly 13 percent of the country's residents were born overseas, the highest share in nearly a century.

"These are people that have very strong opinions on DACA (the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program) and on immigration generally".

"It's a surprising move", Gillman says, "because it more than doubles the number of people that people expected the president would be willing to protect".

The White House released its immigration framework, signaling that the Trump administration is not serious about providing a legislative solution to the 800,000 DACA recipients who are in limbo.

Eric McGregor Pacific News via NewscomWhite House nativist-in-residence Steve Miller outlined a framework for an immigration deal yesterday.

Mr. Dennis Coffman joins a long list of Republican believers who think they are somehow better off now that a reality TV show host, with no political experience, who is shackled by scandals and dysfunction, occupies the White House, instead of a black family that brought dignity, intelligence, style, compassion and leadership to the Presidency.

Others called on supporters to avoid patronizing companies and businesses that support mass deportation or anti-immigrant policies. Those charged with crimes or threatening public safety would have their status revoked. The White House and Republicans see themselves as having profited by appealing to our fears, by playing race-bait politics, by peddling hate. The rest went to the parents and adult children of US citizens, their less immediate relatives (like siblings and grandchildren, ) and permanent residents' adult children.

"DACA itself didn't have a pathway to citizenship", said Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber who is closely involved in the talks, said in a statement Thursday.

Democrats were also angry.

"I had suggested when [Trump] called that we just have four people in the room - myself, my chief of staff Mike Lynch, his chief of staff Gen. Kelly and the president", Schumer told The New York Times podcast "The Daily". "No, thank you", Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) tweeted, adding that, "DACA recipients should not be a bargaining chip".

The package was immediately panned by pro-immigration groups, which said the plan was a bad trade-off.

The White House said that the status could be subject to revocation if "Dreamers" don't seek or have employment and education, and have committed crimes.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.



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