The open-ended amnesty offer by Donald Trump’s top deputies to the Democrats combines political incompetence, malpractice, greed, betrayal, and self-mutilation, say Trump’s friends and supporters.
“It electrifies the Democratic base and dispirits your own Republican base, and that is the recipe for a wipeout” in November, said Dan Horowitz, editor at Conservative Review. “You could call it the Self-Impeachment Act of 2018,” he added.
Democrats, however, are happy to portray the surrender as merely cowardly and hateful, unAmerican, racist, evil, and hostage-taking.
The incompetence of the aides is shown by the timing, say critics.
The demoralizing amnesty plan was published just after Senate Democrats threw in the towel after losing their amnesty-of-shutdown threat in the face GOP’s Trump-style rhetoric, just after Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin admitted his “Gang of Six” bill was deadamid widening Democratic splits, just after GOP leaders got comfortable using the powerful charge that Democrats will favor illegals over Americans, just after House GOP leaders began to push Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s Trump-approved immigration bill, and just after voters — including minorities — starting moving back towards the GOP, and just after the Supreme Court moved the supposed DACA deadline to June.
“Jeez, Republicans snatch defeat right of the jaws of victory, again,” said Rosemary Jenks, NumbersUSA’s government relations director.
The aides are Chief of Staff John Kelly, who has little experience with amnesty politics, Marc Short, the top-ranking congressional outreach manager, and least, Stephen Miller, Trump’s speechwriter and immigration policy aide.
The malpractice is shown by the terms of the proposal, which contradicts Trump’s claim to be a master negotiator, by offering many concessions without getting anything in return, and by front-loading the amnesty while deferring potential benefits for Americans until after the November election and even the 2028 election.
The proposal says it will help Americans in the workplace by cutting back chain-migration — but it actually allows all 4 million people in the backlogged chain-migration pipeline to become citizens over the next 15 years or so.
The proposal says it cancels the visa lottery, but it just diverts the lottery visas to accelerate the arrival of the siblings, and elderly parents previously picked for citizenship by semi-random visa-lottery winners.
The proposal says it offers amnesty to an estimated 1.8 million younger illegals — but it suggests no rules to limit the likely fraud, undercounting and judicial appeals that could ensure a supercharged repeat of the 1986 amnesty, when the legislature’s promise of 400,000 green cards to agriculture workers quickly became the bureaucracy’s award of 1 million green cards. In effect, the administration is creating a courtroom right for every future wave of young illegals to claim amnesty, and a huge incentive for hundreds of millions of loving parents to smuggle their children into the United States.
The proposal does ask for $25 billion to build a border wall, but it also rejects proposed laws that would allow criminal charges against people who fly over the wall, overstay their tourist visas and claim their children are dreamers too. Instead, overstays are to be merely deterred by a quick departure or “expedited removal,” the proposal says.
“Basically they have negotiated with themselves to the point where think they can get Senate buy-in on this,” said Jenks. She continued:
By starting left-of-center … they are guaranteeing that this bill will move to the left, and they are undercutting the opportunity to pass a good bill in the House. I don’t understand the reasoning on this.
Trump wrote in his bestseller, The Art of the Deal, that “the worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it. That makes the other guy smell blood, and then you’re dead.”
“I’ve never read [The] Art of the Deal, but I’m not sure this is how you negotiate,” said Dale Wilcox, executive director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute. “I mean, this is where they’re starting? 1.8 million? Where are they going to go from here?” he said in a Thursday interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight with co-hosts Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak.
Trump is being slashed by the Democrats as a racist, and “he is very conflicted on this,” said Horowitz. “He has good instincts, but he has a lot of people around him who are best are clueless, and at worst, are working for the other side.”
The greed is shown by the proposal’s refusal to reduce the supply of foreign labor which has repeatedly forced down wages or Americans’ voters, just one month after those voters provided CEOs and investors with a massive tax cut.
Before the proposal, Americans’ wages were set to rise as the tax-cuts encourage companies to hire more Americans — often by poaching them from rival companies with offers of higher pay. This tight labor market is bad for CEOs and investors, but it great for GOP candidates and for Trump who need voter enthusiasm to counter the Democrats’ anger at losing in 2016.
That wage-boosting process has begun in a few places, such as at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. On February 25, for example, Craigslist showed a company offering $740 for three days of “no experience required” work.
But the proposal will likely abort a nationwide wage spike before November. That can happen because employers now know they can keep most of their workers from switching jobs by offering one-time bonuses until the next amnesty floods the market with at least 1.8 million former illegals.
The business-first, Americans-last perspective was frankly admitted by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, in a January 25 statement in Davos. She said at 18:15:
This isn’t about limiting legal immigration … [it is about] how can we do it so that it helps both sides – those [migrants] who want to unify their families and the communities and the businesses who need workers, who need skilled workers to come in and help our economy.
One of the four White House deputies who wrote the plan is Marc Short, who worked for the pro-amnesty Koch brothers before he joined Trump. “We are most interested in getting border security,” Short declared in September, without talking about the need to reduce the cheap labor supply that has shriveled income for the President’s supporters. But a tax cut “is essential to us, right now,” Short said.
The betrayal is shown by the proposal’s undercutting of House conservatives who have defended Trump from the Democrats’ claims that he colluded with Russians. Those supporters include Rep. Bob Goodlatte and Rep. Raul Labrador, authors of the Trump-endorsed immigration bill, who are now pushing House Speaker Paul Ryan to help pass their pro-American bill through the House.