House Democrats have introduced a new piece of legislation aimed at legalizing as many as 2.7 million illegal immigrants, many of whom are currently under DACA protection from the Obama administration.
After two years of failing to come off the compromises necessary to get Republicans and the White House on board with a Dream Act, Democrats have apparently decided that their majority in the House gives them the necessary weight to simply hand these illegal aliens a path to citizenship with no strings attached. This arrogance is not only reflected in the legislation itself but in the public remarks Democrats have made about it to the press.
“We are not going to let Donald Trump send them back, putting their lives in peril or tearing their families apart,” said Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY).
“We are in charge now,” Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA) said.
Or, our absolute favorite, from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “There should be nothing partisan or political in this legislation.”
Nothing partisan or political would mean a bill that meets the desires of both parties simultaneously, right? Well, that’s already a challenge when a great many Republicans abhor the idea of offering these Dreamers a path to citizenship in the first place. But let’s say it could be done. Let’s say it’s possible to draw both sides in together on this legislation. What would that entail, exactly?
Would it entail giving 2.3 million Dreamers immediate relief from the danger of deportation and an easy path towards legalization and citizenship? Would it also extend that path to 400,000 other illegal immigrants who aren’t currently under DACA protection? Would it give these immigrants additional rights to have their cases heard in federal courts? Would it invite already-deported Dreamers back to the United States, so they can join the same program?
Perhaps it would, but it certainly would not include all of these tenets without offering a single extra dollar for the wall. It certainly would not offer all of these immigrant giveaways without addressing the ongoing crisis at the border. It would not ignore the need for mandatory E-Verify. It would not leave nation-killing policies like chain migration on the books, surely.
But the Democrats legislation is the “clean” Dream Act they’ve been harping about since Trump took office, which in effect means it has earned the right to its name: They are indeed dreaming if they think Trump is going to sign this crap into law.
Oh, and any Republican thinking about voting for this amnesty had better think twice.