Pro-amnesty Democrats appear willing to force a government shutdown
unless they get their way on incorporating ironclad protections for the so-called “Dreamers” in a crucial year-end spending bill.
Dreamers are the individuals who were brought to this country as children illegally and permitted to stay temporarily under former President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order program. They are now in jeopardy of deportation after President Trump’s decision to rescind Obama’s executive order.
The pro-amnesty Democrats want a legislatively codified pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers without any strings attached that would improve border security going forward. They are cynically exploiting the Dreamers’ plight, and a looming government shutdown, unless a spending bill is passed to push their amnesty and open borders agenda.
“We want a clean DREAM Act,” said Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.). “That is what it’s going to take for me and others to sign on.”
Conservatives are as adamant that a free pass for the Dreamers must not be lumped in with the year-end spending bill.
"We do not want DACA on the [spending] bill," said House Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.
Centrists in both parties, a dwindling group as each party caters more and more to its respective base, are trying to formulate a bipartisan compromise.
The Republican leaders in both the House and the Senate need to show some backbone here and not give in to the pro-amnesty crowd’s extortionist demands to prevent a government shutdown. Any extension of a right for Dreamers to remain in this country must be made conditional on their meeting certain specific eligibility criteria that demonstrate how they intend to benefit the country rather than simply feed off its citizens. Moreover, legislation granting the Dreamers such conditional rights must be accompanied by tight border security protections, including enough money to allow the construction of a border wall to proceed. Such legislation must also end “chain migration,” under which an immigrant permitted to stay legally in this country is entitled to then sponsor his or her relatives for admission, who in turn can sponsor their own relatives for admission, and so on.
The executive branch should be delegated with the authority to deny federal grants to states or cities to help defray their costs of law enforcement if these jurisdictions knowingly protect alleged or convicted criminals in their custody from apprehension by immigration officers through refusal to share relevant information or to honor detainer requests. Finally, it must become mandatory for employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees.
We can show some measure of compassion for the young adults who were brought to the United States illegally as children through no fault of their own and who have known only this country for most of their lives. However, being allowed to stay in this country is a privilege, not a right, which Dreamers should be required to earn. Moreover, such compassion for those already here should not mean an open door for millions more to enter the country illegally, generation after generation ad infinitum. Yet that is precisely what the pro-amnesty, open borders advocates demand.
Joseph A. Klein is a featured author for FrontPage Magazine and the United Nations correspondent for Canada Free Press. He has also authored the books "Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom" and "Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam." Klein, a Harvard Law school alumnus and practicing attorney, has been a guest on many radio shows as a commentator and has appeared on several TV shows including "Fox & Friends." For more of this reports — Click Here Now.
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